Wednesday’s Headlines

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  • Drivers who spend hours sitting in traffic should spend 17 seconds watching this video on the benefits of bus rapid transit. (Fast Company)
  • Uber, which lost $1 billion in the first quarter, laid off a third of its marketing department to cut costs. But don’t worry, it still has 800 marketing people left (Tech Crunch). Meanwhile, Lyft’s stock dropped as investors learned that COO Jon McNeill is leaving (CNBC).
  • An Oregon congressman is pushing a bill that would allow bike shares to receive federal grants. (Pamplin Media)
  • A ballot initiative to cut a Washington car tax — unpopular with drivers, of course — would cost Sound Transit $328 million a year. (Seattle Times)
  • The Spokane Transit Authority is pulling $20 million from reserves because a new bus rapid transit line is now expected to cost $92 million. (KREM)
  • Transit-oriented development is revitalizing New Britain, Conn.’s downtown. (CT Mirror)
  • New Orleans is unveiling a citywide plan for new bike infrastructure today. (Curbed)
  • The Federal Highway Administration won’t let Cincinnati install a 3D crosswalk near a school. (WCPO)
  • With Uber and Lyft drivers contending that they’re severely underpaid, three Twin Cities entrepreneurs want to start a new ride-hailing app that lets drivers set their own rates. But they’re chafing at city requirements for insurance and background checks, just like their predecessors. (Pioneer Press)
  • A transgender woman who spent six months in jail after police stopped her for jaywalking is suing the City of Atlanta. (CBS 46)
  • Vice wonders if maybe Tempe police weren’t really planning on pulling over law-abiding drivers before Twitter informed them what a terrible idea that is.

Tuesday’s Headlines

  • The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a total of $85 million in grants for low- and no-emission buses to transit agencies in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Milwaukee and 33 other cities and states.
  • Fewer kids are riding bikes, but self-driving cars might help reverse that trend by making them feel safer pedaling down the street. (Forbes)
  • Anti-transit Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will focus on repairing infrastructure in his role as the new chairman of the National Governors Association. (State Scoop)
  • The Arizona Republic urges readers to vote to keep funding light rail in an upcoming referendum.
  • The FTA nixed a proposed tunnel for a Tacoma light rail line, citing soil problems and possible Native American remains. (My Northwest)
  • King County Metro in the Seattle area has finally realized that there are better ways to spend scarce transit dollars than subsidizing drivers, and will start charging at 10 of its busiest park-and-ride lots. (Sightline)
  • A Washington, D.C. pilot program allows delivery drivers to reserve curb space. If successful, it could make streets safer and improve traffic flow (Greater Greater Washington). New York City is trying the same thing (Streetsblog)
  • Atlanta residents created a human bike lane on car-choked West Peachtree Street after a driver killed an e-scooter rider there. Peachtree was supposed to get a Complete Streets revamp, but the city cut the budget. (Atlanta Magazine)
  • Pittsburgh transit riders can expect delays and detours for the next month as the Port Authority replaces tracks and concrete. (WPXI)
  • After reporting that Tempe police would be “ticketing” good drivers with coupons for free beverages, 12 News clarified that the rewards are real, but the cops won’t be pulling anyone over for following the law.
  • This Vancouver driver definitely wouldn’t be getting a free slushie. (Daily Hive)

Monday’s Headlines

  • Autonomous vehicles are likely to increase traffic congestion, which means cities will need public transit more than ever. (World Economic Forum)
  • From an environmental standpoint, a Furman University researcher says raising gas taxes is the most effective way to get people to drive less, or at least drive more fuel-efficient vehicles. (GSA Business Report)
  • California and four major automakers have agree to stick with the Obama Administration’s fuel efficiency goals, albeit implementing them at a slower pace, but the Trump Administration is sticking with its plans to roll those standards back. (Route Fifty)
  • Teamsters are siding with Uber and Lyft drivers, supporting their efforts to win labor rights. The union had been talking to ride-hailing companies about a possible agreement to improve drivers’ working conditions while maintaining their status as independent contractors. (Bloomberg)
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed investing $18 billion in public transit and a tax credit for companies that let employees telecommute. (CBS Boston)
  • The Seattle Times explains how Sound Transit is planning to build a rail line across a floating bridge. No one has ever tried it before.
  • Portland, Ore., saw its 34th traffic death of the year last week, matching the total from 2018 in less than seven months. (Willamette Week)
  • St. Paul police are blaming the newly opened Green Line for an increase in gun violence in an effort to obtain a Trump Administration grant for gunshot detection technology, possibly undermining future efforts to win funding for transit. (Star Tribune)
  • A tax on Uber and Lyft that would fund transit and street safety will be on San Francisco’s November ballot (Curbed). Indianapolis is already using a fee on Bird and Lime scooters to build multi-use paths for bikes, scooters and skateboards (Star).
  • You’ve seen that photo of the gas station- and fast food-dotted suburban hellscape. City Lab has the story of how it became a meme.

Friday’s Headlines

  • Why are infrastructure projects so much more expensive in the U.S. than abroad? (New York Mag)
  • Although some urban neighborhoods successfully revolted against freeways, most were built according to plan, hurting property values, dividing cities along racial lines and accelerating white flight. (City Lab)
  • Uber is testing a monthly subscription service that combines car rides, food delivery and bike and e-scooter rentals. (Tech Crunch)
  • After expenses, Uber and Lyft drivers only make about $9 or $10 an hour — less than 90 percent of American workers. (CNN)
  • When bike-share companies pull obsolete dockless bikes off the street, sometimes they give them charity, and a few even go to museums, but more often they wind up in the scrapyard. (Slate)
  • Americans’ insistence on driving to work alone is causing traffic congestion and hurting the environment and our health, says a Harvard researcher, focusing on Atlanta’s strategies for car-free living. (Data-Smart City Solutions)
  • San Francisco drivers killed two pedestrians this week in two separate collisions within blocks of each other, renewing calls for safer street designs. Already drivers have killed 19 people in San Francisco this year, compared to 23 in all of 2018. (Curbed)
  • Los Angeles’ crumbling sidewalks are a problem, especially for the disabled. The city has between 1,500 and 2,000 pending repair requests. (KCRW)
  • A California Senate bill would require bike lanes to be built or improved whenever state-owned roads are repaved. (ABC 10)
  • An initiative seeking to cancel Phoenix light rail projects will stay on the August ballot after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against an argument to keep it off. (ABC 15)
  • A new feasibility study makes the case for high-speed rail connecting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. (International Railway Journal)
  • Milwaukee is not living up to its streetcar-related promises for bike lanes. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Rapper Desiigner might be single-handedly keeping Uber in business, claiming he spends $20,000 a month on rides. (XXL)
  • Do not try this at home. (Fox 4 Dallas)
Nashville is seeking $18 million from the federal government for a new transit hub.

Nashville Plans New Transit Hub

Music City could use a transit tune-up — and a new transit center could be a key step forward. Nashville’s civic leaders had hoped to lure more Tennesseans out of their cars and get them zipping across downtown, by building 26 miles of light rail lines and eight new bus lanes with a $5.4 billion […]

Thursday’s Headlines

  • Drivers have killed more Americans since 2000 than died during the two world wars. From 2006–2012, drivers killed twice as many Americans as opioids. Where is the outrage? (Washington Post)
  • Democratic presidential candidates are criticizing Uber and Lyft’s labor practices — but that hasn’t stopped them from using ride-hailing services. (Quartz)
  • Los Angeles’s Sepulveda Pass elevated and subway line is now projected to cost up to $14 billion, leaving a shortfall of up to $8 billion. Apparently it would overwhelm the planned Van Nuys light rail line and must be expanded (L.A. Times). In related news, a new Government Accountability Office report says the Federal Transit Administration can do a better job helping state and local governments estimate and control costs.
  • When the environmental damage from burning fossil fuels is taken into account, gas taxes are ludicrously low — so low that drivers of electric cars, who pay no gas taxes, might be entitled to a tax credit, even though they also use roads and contribute to congestion (City Lab). California, Washington and Illinois are among the states mulling a mileage tax to capture EV revenue, and North Carolina has formed a commission to look at the issue (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Americans’ insistence on driving to work alone is causing traffic congestion and hurting the environment and our health, says a Harvard researcher who focuses on Atlanta’s strategies for car-free living. (Data-Smart City Solutions)
  • Los Angeles transit officials think all-door boarding and more bus-only lanes could reverse a decline in ridership. Key votes are scheduled for today. (Curbed)
  • Seattle is mulling Dutch-style protected intersections that are safer for cyclists than bike boxes. (Seattle Times)
  • Why is Denver’s bike lane system so patchy? Cyclists are frustrated they can’t use the car-free 16th Street Mall, but the Federal Transit Administration says there are too many cars and buses on weekdays. (Denver Post)
  • Indianapolis’ Red Line bus rapid transit is scheduled to open September 1, and will be free for the first month. (RTV6)
  • Uber and Lyft siphon off $20 million from Boston transit, according to a new study. (Boston Magazine)
  • Disney World is finally finishing a sidewalk it started all the way back in 1994. (Orlando Weekly)
  • An environmental group has hired a company to fish out the more than 100 rental bikes thrown into London canals each year. (Guardian)
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