Thursday’s Headlines

  • Streetsblog gets action! Our Sorriest Bus Stop Contest may cause change in Cincy. (WVXU)
  • D.C. Metro track inspectors who falsified safety reports will probably get their jobs back after an arbitrator ruled they were scapegoated to cover up the poor training they received. (WTOP)
  • The Saporta Report outlines the 60-year history of the Clifton Corridor, a metro Atlanta light-rail line that’s finally becoming a reality thanks to the city’s $2.7-billion transit expansion plan.
  • Ann Arbor is relaunching its bike share under a new operator (MLive). The University of Memphis will launch a bike-share program next fall (Flyer).
  • Good news for Phoenix residents who rely on transit: Valley Metro will shift from Sunday to regular schedules on five major holidays. (KTAR)
  • Riding the downtown Tampa streetcar will be free for the next three years, thanks to a Florida DOT grant. (Fox 13)
  • Reading between the lines of this News-Star article, it seems some NIMBYs in Monroe, La. don’t want a Greyhound bus station downtown.
  • A U.K. startup has created sort of a bat signal for bikes — a laser headlight that projects an image of a bike, making riders more visible to drivers at night. (Digital Trends)
  • The Janesville Gazette in Wisconsin — Paul Ryan’s hometown paper — has the most in-depth story about a parking lot closing I have ever read. (Editor’s note: That’s good enough for me!)

Wednesday’s Headlines

  • Brussels went mostly car-free for a day, and carbon pollution fell by 80 percent. Imagine that. (Eltis)
  • Technology is not going to save cities from congestion. Whether they have human drivers or computers, cars will always take up more space per passenger than trains. (Boston Globe)
  • Transit advocates continually have to justify the D.C. Metro’s existence because the city’s suburbs were built for cars, with rail lines subbing for unbuilt freeways. (Mobility Lab)
  • Lyft just hired a former Obama Administration Transportation secretary. (CNN Business). The move comes ahead of a big IPO. (LA Times)
  • Passenger rail between Ann Arbor and Traverse City would attract 1.5 million riders and generate $100 million a year, according to a study. The Michigan Land Use Institute is pushing to start up such a line by 2025. About 90,000 college students live along the route. (Up North Live)
  • A Chicago news station actually covered bike lane blocking the right way, treating cyclists as actual human beings! (CBS2)
  • Sure, maybe it’s a little self-serving, but Uber is lobbying for congestion pricing to reduce traffic on city streets, and its first target is Seattle. (Curbed)
  • Bend, Ore. cyclists are upset that the city took away bike lanes on Purcell Boulevard. The city says too many drivers were hitting bike riders while turning, so of course the bikes had to go. (KBND)
  • Louisville is the latest city to regulate dockless e-scooters. (Insider)
  • A bike-share in Toledo, Ohio starts up next week (WTOL), and one in Wichita, Kan. is expanding by 100 bikes (Eagle).
  • Philadelphia’s transit agency asked Twitter for help picking a new mascot, with predictable results. (Inquirer)

Tuesday’s Headlines

  • Over the next year, D.C. Metro will be writing a plan to reverse years of declining bus ridership, with the goal of making the system more attractive to choice riders and more efficient for those who depend on it. (Washington Post)
  • Madison, Wisc. has a vast network of bike paths, trails and lanes — but mostly in wealthy white neighborhoods, not ones where low-income families and immigrants live.  (Capitol Times)
  • Madison could take a hint from Transit Center. A new report says investing in transit in an equitable way — such as by decriminalizing fare evasion and focusing on low-income neighborhoods over wealthy commuters — can help lift people out of poverty.
  • The Atlanta streetcar is notorious for sitting in traffic, so transit agency MARTA is looking to carve out separate lanes for future streetcar lines. (Saporta Report)
  • Philadelphia is considering installing bike corrals near fire hydrants, which will solve two problems at once — providing more bike parking and keeping drivers from blocking those hydrants. (Tribune)
  • Uber says it’s ok with congestion pricing in Seattle. (Curbed)
  • Honda installed a smart intersection in an Ohio town that can warn drivers of red-light runners and people in the road. (Columbus Business First)
  • But are there ulterior motives for such projects? A former data miner argues that Google parent company Alphabet’s “smart city” in Toronto is just another excuse for tech companies to collect people’s data. (Globe and Mail)
  • A new streetcar line in Charlotte won’t be finished for another 18 months (WSOC), while one in El Paso is scheduled to start running before the end of the year (KVIA).
  • Curbs are increasingly contested space in cities, and Uber has written an equation to help cities figure out how to best use them. (Wired)
  • Does Keith Crain know about this? The noted anti-bike-lane curmudgeon’s newspaper, Crain’s Detroit Business, is sponsoring and covering Mobility Week, a Detroit conference where Detroit bike-share MoGo founder Lisa Nuszkowski is among the speakers.

Monday’s Headlines

  • Cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco are making notoriously slow progress on Vision Zero pledges (Next City). In Portland, police handed out more than 100 tickets for speeding during a crackdown last week. (KATU)
  • Only one bidder remains to build Minneapolis’ Southwest light rail line, the most expensive public works project in state history. The $797-million bid expires Nov. 15, and the Federal Transit Administration — notoriously slow under President Trump — has yet to sign off on it. (Star Tribune)
  • Austin suburbs are taking advantage of Capitol Metro’s growing transit network to tie into the system with transit of their own. (Community Impact)
  • All over Washington, D.C., bike lanes and crosswalks are vanishing due to neglect, and the city DOT is slow to repaint them. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • Tampa residents continue to push for safety improvements on Busch Boulevard, where a driver killed a student walking to school in 2015. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Over 100,000 people showed up for an Atlanta Streets Alive event when organizers closed three miles of Peachtree Street to vehicles. (Curbed)
  • After expenses, most Uber drivers are still making poverty-level wages (Recode). The company has long been criticized for its labor practices. Now, CEO Dana Khosrowshahi wants to offer drivers benefits like health insurance (Fortune).
  • A weeklong celebration is planned in Oklahoma City before its new streetcar starts running on Dec. 14 (NewsOK). Testing of the new streetcar starts today. (KFOR)
  • A bus-only shoulder lane on Interstate 5 will allow suburban Seattle commuters to bypass three miles of traffic. (Daily Herald)
  • Even in Norway, a plan to restrict cars in Oslo’s center is experiencing backlash from retailers who think all their customers drive. (South China Morning Post)

Friday’s Headlines

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a detailed look at transit agency MARTA’s final plan for a $2.7-billion expansion. The MARTA board approved the plan on Thursday.
  • Philadelphia is receiving state funding for road diets (Voice) and planning new bike lanes. “Quit your whining, motorists,” says Philly Magazine.
  • Pinellas County, Fla. unveiled its first two electric buses this week. They’ll run in a loop around downtown St. Petersburg, and rides are free starting Sunday. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Richmond, Va. is improving almost 400 intersections in an effort to reduce pedestrian deaths. (WRIC)
  • Homeowners in Arizona’s Avra Valley worry that the proposed Interstate 11 will displace them (KVOA). Meanwhile, in Phoenix, the city council all but killed a future northeast light rail expansion to free up money for road repairs (Republic).
  • A new report details Boston’s progress toward Vision Zero, including reducing speed limits and creating two “slow speed zones” with traffic-calming measures. (Smart Cities World)
  • Dockless scooters are eating into Salt Lake City’s bike-share program (Tribune). Seattle is one city that has resisted the scooter craze, but now Lime is fighting back (My Northwest).
  • Asheville, which has one of North Carolina’s highest crash rates and averages 10 traffic deaths a year, has appointed a task force to look for solutions. (Citizen Times)
  • A Complete Streets policy cleared a key hurdle in Milwaukee Wednesday when a city council committee approved it. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • British cities have started taxing businesses for providing employees parking spaces and are spending that money on infrastructure. (The Conversation)
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