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 promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.