Bailout transit: Amtrak needs more than $1 billion from the federal government to cover costs associated with the pandemic. Local transit agencies across the country are looking for another $24 billion in aid.
Criminal landlording: A landlord who tried to evict tenants against Washington’s moratorium order has to pay about $300,000 for affected tenants ($).
Streetcars pay off: Streetcars were everywhere in Kansas City during its heyday, but is the city still benefiting from those investments now?
Culture ripped away: Albania’s historic national theater in Tirana has been demolished to make way for a new space, but that has led to cultural protests.
Box in COVID-19: Could hotels play a pivotal role in boxing in COVID-19 epidemic?
Scrapped: JUMP appears to be scrapping most of their bikes after shutting down.
Travel safely: How can you travel safely on mass transit in the COVID-19 era?
Missing payments: Many major commercial renters are missing their rent payments even in America’s financial heart ($).
MFTE in Kent: Kent has adopted a multifamily tax exemption program for Midway and Downtown, urban areas near transit, but developers seeking long-term exemptions will need to provide affordable units and skip surface parking.
Left at the curb: Edmonton, a major city in Alberta, could end up shutting down transit service over the summer due to the epidemic.
Tax measures: Wha tax measures are in and out for King County this year ($)?
Go by rail: Brightline could end up operating a commuter rail line in Miami-Dade County in addition to the private service the company operates.
PDX opens streets: Portland is moving forward with an open streets program for dining and retail.
Permeable policy: All new parking lane and sidewalk projects will need to use permeable pavement in New Orleans to reduce flooding.
Equity-minded: How can decongestion pricing be accomplished equitably?
Redesigning restaurants: A design group has come up with recommended designs for restaurants to use during the pandemic.
Safe Start: Washington Governor Jay Inslee is moving ahead with economic recovery in the state ($), but workers will need to wear face masks.
Gaslighter: Trump is known to want funding cuts to transportation generally, but what are the politics behind him tweeting about transit funding grants?
Peak Cali: California’s population may have peaked.
Corrupt governance: Trump sacked a federal transportation watchdog looking into the misdeeds of Elaine Chao, the federal transportation secretary and wife of the ruthless Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Eeeeek: Murder hornets may be spreading across the Puget Sound ($).
Bike biz: How can people convince skeptical business owners to support bike lanes?
Inducing congestion: The federal government is recklessly encouraging people to drive amidst the interim pandemic recovery despite safe practices internationally to continue using transit.
Bankruptcies ahead: Many small farmers could end up going bankrupt by year’s end.
Death Star cult: Trump has led to a massive body count from COVID-19, but even acting a week earlier could have saved 36,000 lives ($).
Not lifting all boats: Poor communities are following a long trend of becoming even poorer.
London’s Train Daddy: New York City’s Train Daddy, Andy Byford, has left the city after being pushed out by New York’s feckless governor and has landed a job in London.
Post-pandemic society: How could our behavior change in a post-pandemic world?
Changing decade: Did the 2010s live up to the “decade of the city”?
Go by public: Austin is looking to have the city transit pass fully integrated with public bikeshare this fall.
The great heist: Washington has been able to recover $300 million in stolen unemployment insurance money.
Suburban costs: When suburban corporate campuses close up shop, who ends up footing the bill of the vacancy?
Map(s) of the Week: CityLab explains how to detect distortions of maps.