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The federal government funds road construction as above at four times the amount it spends on public transit. Photo: file
  • Americans drove less in 2021 than in 2020, but road deaths still hit their highest level since 2005 (Consumer Affairs). Pedestrian fatalities have increased by 46% over the past decade (American PIRG).
  • US states are moving forward with 16,000 road and bridge projects this year, 20% of which are new construction. (Motorways of the world)
  • Gas tax cuts and rebates reward affluent drivers with gas-guzzling vehicles and discourage electric vehicles, public transport, walking and cycling. (Reuters)
  • A UK judge has granted Uber a 30-month license to operate in London, ending a battle with the city over safety protocols (BBC). Meanwhile, a New York rideshare driver writes about how Uber and Lyft can do more to keep drivers, not just passengers, safe (USA today).
  • A bill signed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee will ban the sale of most new non-electric vehicles in the state by 2030. (BNC News)
  • Republicans in Georgia want to use federal infrastructure funding to build more highways, while Democrats urge them to spend it on maintenance and public transit. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to triple the number of cameras that capture drivers speeding, running red lights, overtaking school buses and illegally using bike and bus lanes. (Washington Post)
  • Commuter rail ridership is rebounding in Boston, where it hit 49% of pre-pandemic levels after falling to 12% a year ago. (Commonwealth)
  • San Francisco’s Van Ness bus rapid transit line is finally ready to roll after 27 years. (the Chronicle)
  • A proposed fare cap in Charlotte would allow transit users to ride for free once they pay individual fares equal to the cost of an $88 monthly pass. (WFAE)
  • A Las Vegas mum whose 12-year-old was killed by a driver as he walked home from school erects ‘sacred shoe’ memorials where pedestrians died. (KATV)

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