Thursday’s Headlines

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  • Riding the bus will make you healthier. A new study found a correlation between mass transit ridership and lower obesity rates. Just walking to and from the bus stop is more exercise than driving, explained the study’s co-author. (Science Daily)
  • The Texas DOT — apparently stuck in the 1950s — wants to widen I-30 through Dallas and destroy more neighborhoods. This time, though, the city is pushing back with its own plans for bike and pedestrian connections, greenspace and rail or bus rapid transit. (D Magazine)
  • Once again, Pinellas County, Fla., is woefully underfunding transit, one St. Petersburg city councilman writes in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed.
  • Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is pushing to ban drivers from turning right on red in an effort to slow traffic and make streets safer for pedestrians. (Civil Beat)
  • Congestion pricing could help pay for transit improvements for the 2028 Summer Olympics in L.A. (Daily Bruin)
  • Oklahoma City’s new streetcar will start running on Sundays — and start charging riders a fare. (KFOR)
  • A Seattle City Council member objects to Mayor Jenny Durkin’s decision to revive the over-budget Center City Connector streetcar project. (KING)
  • Two main thoroughfares in Alexandria, Va. — Duke and Van Dorn — are getting a Complete Streets makeover. (The Zebra)
  • Cincinnati is painting big signage and stepping up enforcement to keep car drivers out of the city’s first bus-only lane. (City Beat) And Albuquerque is about to start ticketing drivers who park in bike lanes. (KUNM)
  • A hit-and-run driver hit a man with his pickup in San Jose, Calif. Four more drivers then proceeded to run over his body as it lay in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. (San Jose Inside)
  • Stop trying to make flying cars happen! They’re not going to happen! (The Atlantic)

Wednesday’s Headlines

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  • Washington state legislators are taking up bills to cap the car-tab fee that helps fund Sound Transit and a $16-billion infrastructure plan. (Seattle Times)
  • Creepy or useful? Google’s Sidewalk Labs is using our cellphones to track us on sidewalks, and packaging and selling the data to urban planners to help them make transportation and land-use decisions. (The Intercept)
  • The Twin Cities’ Metro Transit has a Homeless Action Team that looks after the 250 to 300 homeless people who use trains as shelters. (Fox 9)
  • The Charlotte Area Transit System is considering extending a LYNX light rail line west into Gaston. (Gazette)
  • Following California’s lead, Utah is considering withholding transportation funding from communities that don’t do more to encourage affordable housing. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • The Atlanta Regional Commission now has a “long-range vision” for transit extending far out into the suburbs. (Curbed)
  • Chicago police are allegedly using racial profiling to try to catch rental bike thieves, targeting young black men riding on the sidewalk. (Reader)
  • A Dutch study concludes that e-cargo bikes could not only make delivery drones irrelevant, but replace some existing delivery trucks. (Treehugger)
  • Apparently some people in Milwaukee refuse to believe their streetcar, The Hop, can run in the snow, but the Record has proof.
  • Celebrities: They’re just like us! Except when they don’t get tickets on their e-bikes. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tuesday’s Headlines

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  • City Lab has two recent stories about the drawbacks of ride-hailing: Another study this one with newer data than previous studies — blames public transit’s declining ridership on Uber and Lyft. And Uber’s new rewards program gives users an incentive to ride solo, worsening congestion even further.
  • Whether dockless e-scooters stick around or not, they’re already forcing cities to design better streets. (Mobility Lab)
  • Charleston, S.C. is ripe for more and better transit: 90 percent of people get downtown by car, with most of them driving alone, but more than half said they’d be willing to use public transit, and they’d rather spend money on that than auto-centric infrastructure. (Post and Courier)
  • Seattle’s Viadoom — which turned out to be not so bad — is in its final week. (KIRO)
  • A D.C. city councilwoman has introduced a bill extending legal protections for pedestrians and cyclists to e-bike and e-scooter riders. (NBC Washington)
  • Plans are taking shape to expand the Kansas City streetcar. (KCTV)
  • Minneapolis is expanding its bus rapid transit fleet. (Star Tribune)
  • Just how bad is Savannah for biking? The Morning News paints a green bike lane as the most significant improvement in years.
  • Walking while black can be deadly. African-Americans are 72 percent more likely to be hit by a driver than white people on foot. (Florida Courier)
  • Unless you’re Kanye West. Yeezus (jay)walked across a busy L.A. road and not only didn’t get hit, but as Ice Cube once said, he saw the police and they rolled right past him. It was a good day for ‘Ye, even if he’s known to love cars. Luckily, he wasn’t in Jacksonville at the time. (The Blast)

Monday’s Headlines

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  • Even though the partial federal shutdown is over — for now — small and mid-sized transit agencies are still facing cutbacks. It could take months to process all the reimbursement requests that have piled up over the past five weeks. (Politico)
  • Baltimore is cutting funding for new bike lanes — and the infrastructure projects that are being cut are ones that should have already been completed, according to the city’s bike master plan. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • How is Vision Zero doing in Boston? It’s hard to tell, because unlike other cities, the Boston police department doesn’t collect or release crash data. (WGBH)
  • Virginia’s D.C. Metro board members are threatening to block a proposal to extend trains’ hours. They say local governments can’t afford even a modest $4-million expense to add an hour of service. (WTOP)
  • Et tu, Bay Area? Marin officials want to ease rush-hour traffic for car drivers by letting them steal a bike lane on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge. (KPIX)
  • A group that’s opposed to light rail in South Phoenix says it’s gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot. (Fox 10)
  • Flagstaff could build a new parking garage downtown even though a study found a much smaller-than-expected shortage of parking spaces. Apparently improving transit or encouraging biking and walking isn’t on the table. (Arizona Daily Sun)
  • Bike-shares are often criticized for favoring affluent neighborhoods, but Charleston’s Holy Spokes is offering $5 annual memberships to low- and moderate-income users. (City Paper)
  • Oakland County, Mich. cities are negotiating with Detroit’s MoGo to bring bike-share stations to the inner-ring suburbs. (Daily Tribune)
  • The new Milwaukee streetcar got a ridership boost during a severe snowstorm last week. (WISN)
  • Yay! Something else to block the sidewalk: Amazon delivery drones. (Ars Technica)

Friday’s Headlines

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  • Drivers killed slightly fewer people on foot in 2017 than 2016, according to Smart Growth America’s latest Dangerous by Design study. But 5,977 was still the second-highest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990. (Smart Cities Dive) The spike came even as Americans were walking less, and people of color are in the most danger. (Fast Company) City Lab blames bad road design and low gas prices, which spur people to drive more. The problem is particularly bad in the South (Streetsblog) and especially in Florida, which is the most dangerous state and has eight of the 10 most dangerous cities. (Miami Herald)
  • Talk of transit in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler caused a stir in 2015, but the city is once again considering a connection to the Southeast Valley rail system — potentially light rail, bus rapid transit or a streetcar. (Arizona Republic)
  • Seattle Magazine delves into the star-crossed Center City Connector streetcar that Mayor Jenny Durkin recently revived.
  • A Durham, N.C. coalition is pushing for more affordable housing around future light-rail stops. (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • A former Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator under President Obama is the Bay Area’s new transportation czar. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • The argument over e-scooters and where they belong has hit Fort Lauderdale. (Sun Sentinel)
  • In an effort to boost bus ridership, Boise is paying part of bus riders’ Lyft tabs too and from bus stops. (Idaho Statesman)
  • Furloughed federal employees are turning to driving for Uber to make ends meet. (CNBC) Maybe they can try their hand at piloting a flying taxi? (CBS News)
  • Remember when Alec Baldwin denied punching a man over a New York City parking spot? Well, he pleaded guilty and has to attend anger management classes. (Reuters)
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