What We’re Reading: Scorching Divide, No Lights On, and A Rainbow of Service


Fare-free KCMO: Kansas City is thinking about making transit fully fare-free.

Mark pedestrian crossings: Portland is adding “no crossing” signs at intersections targeted at pedestrians, but does that make them safer?

Shorter trips: While reports often claim people are stuck in more congestion and delay, people’s commute lengths timewise and distance may not actually be increasing.

Scorching divide: National Public Radio explains that as rising heat bakes American cities, the poorer classes are the ones feeling the brunt of it.

Transit policy lacking: So far, it appears that the Democrats running for president lack any vision for city transit according to Streetsblog.

Renaming University: There are rumblings that Sound Transit may rename the University Street light rail station avoid confusion with two other “university” stations.

Gentrification effects: CityLab looks into whether or not gentrification gives children anxiety.

Public bikeshare works: Citi Bike in New York City hit a new daily record of more than 90,000 bike rides.

Misguided LNG plans: A planned liquified natural gas plant in Tacoma would be bad for human health, experts explained last week in Crosscut.

No lights on: In another move to undermine climate, the occupant of the White House and his administration are rolling back rules on energy efficiency for lightbulbs ($).

Multimodal trip planning: A new feature in Google Maps provides transit options paired with biking and ridehailing.

Massive rejection: Phoenix voters in every city council district strongly rejected the proposition to ban light rail construction.

Megaregions: What exactly is a megaregion?

Groundbreaking: Local, state, and federal elected officials celebrated the ground breaking on the Sound Transit 2 light rail extension to Lynnwood last week ($).

A rainbow of service: Oran Viriyincy highlighted the colors that Sound Transit has quietly assigned to light rail lines and other transit services.

Banking on bikes: Jersey City is planning to roll out 20 miles of protected bike lanes by 2020, a huge move for such a small geographic city.

Street history: Rob Ketcherside gives a history on the renaming on several Wallingford and Green Lake streets.

PDX infill planning: Portland is trying to address concerns about displacement in urban infill regulatory changes.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.