Progressive leadership: For the first time, Democrats have formed a majority on Philadelphia’s regional transit agency.
LRT in Kent: Light rail construction in Kent begins to take shape.
South Boston redevelopment: A mega-project could transform a bayside area of South Boston.
NC’s HSR grant: North Carolina has received a federal grant to purchase land for a high-speed rail corridor between Richmond and Raleigh.
The Stream: Pierce Transit finally has a name for its planned bus rapid transit system: Stream ($).
Big challenge: Sherae Lascelles is challenging Frank Chopp, giving Chopp a very tough reelection campaign for the first time in decades.
Future of WFH: The San Francisco Bay Area’s regional transportation planning agency thinks maybe 60% of the workforce should work from home permanently.
Command and control: California’s governor wants to outlaw gas-powered cars by 2035.
Surging bike sales: An economist with Oregon’s state transportation department says that bike sales in the state have surged 56% over last year.
Bad act: Congress has extended the FAST Act, which sells out non-drivers.
Environmental terrorism: A new report quantifies the environmental damage that Donald Trump and his administration’s ($) actions have wrought.
Hanoi’s shophouses: Bloomberg CityLab focuses in on Hanoi’s shophouses which contrast the city’s capitalist and communist past.
NYC highrise: A building in New York City could rise 2,400 feet, weaving back and forth and act as a carbon filter.
Denver’s new line: Denver has finally opened its N Line commuter rail route.
Ahead of Washington: Oregon’s state transportation department is considering construction of a car-free bridge in Oregon City.
Toronto inclusionary zoning: Toronto’s planning chief wants to pursue inclusionary zoning for affordable housing.
No drive-throughs: We still don’t need drive-throughs, Strong Towns argues.
Purple Line woes: Maryland’s Beltway Purple Line construction woes continues as work comes to a halt ($).
Canada’s affordable housing: Canada’s federal government promises $1 billion in affordable housing funding for cities.
Touch up: Capitol Hill’s Black Lives Matter mural gets a new paint job to keep it intact.
Differently lit: Greater Greater Washington explores why the city lights of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore look markedly different from space.
Texas HSR greenlit: The proponents of high-speed rail in Texas have gotten a greenlight from the federal government to proceed with construction.
House people: What’s stopping King County from opening more homeless shelters?
Infection-proofing: Other infectious diseases defined the design of the bathroom. Will Covid do the same?
Amtrak crisis: Amtrak is cutting long-distance service in rural America, which could gravely hurt communities.
Zoning controversy: Rezoning proposals for NoHo and SoHo in New York City have met controversy.
Backward policy: Joe Cortright says that monthly transit passes should not cost so much more than parking permits.
Union Station renovation: New renderings of a revamped and expanded Union Station in Washington, D.C. have been unveiled.
Sheet metal houses: How do sheet metal houses that dot Reykjavík beat the winter?
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