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  • Driver shortages are devastating for transit agencies across the United States, as the pandemic and rude passenger behavior are causing bus operators to stop or retire early (Human Transit). For example, Portland’s TriMet is cutting service on 20 bus lines due to a shortage of drivers (Oregon Public Broadcasting).
  • Guns and driving don’t mix: Road rage incidents increase in the United States as more drivers get back into their cars. (The Economist; subscription required)
  • Speed ​​bumps slow down drivers but are not always the best way to calm traffic. Bus and bicycle lanes, roundabouts and curbs also work. (WBEZ)
  • Indianapolis has started work on the Purple Line, the city’s second rapid transit line. (Star)
  • Meanwhile, work continues on the Other Purple Line in Maryland, where lawmakers hope to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto to help struggling businesses along the future streetcar line. (Bethesda Magazine)
  • Pinellas County completed the first Sunrunner station, Tampa’s first rapid transit line. (St. Pete’s catalyst)
  • Pittsburgh is seeking public input on plans to replace the car lanes on Smithfield Street with a bus lane and wider sidewalks. (Post-Gazette)
  • New estimates say it will cost $ 2.4 billion to electrify Caltrain, nearly half a billion more than the first report. (San Mateo Daily Diary)
  • A loss of power due to a severed cable caused a Seattle light rail train to stall in a tunnel last week. (KIRO)
  • Plans call for Charlotte’s light rail system to extend to a suburb 29 miles away, but Indian Trail isn’t sure it wants to. (WFAE)
  • ABC 7 examines why LA’s streetcar system was dismantled, and a Star-Tribune podcast examines the role of organized crime in the demise of the Twin Cities streetcars.
  • Billionaires are chartering more planes to avoid bad publicity about carbon emissions while avoiding mingling with the masses on commercial flights. (New York Post)
  • Tax breaks for company cars are the third rail in Belgian policy. This flies in the face of the country’s green climate goals, but is supported by the rich and powerful who benefit. (Politics)

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