Phase 2: Many counties in the Puget Sound region have moved to Phase 2 reopening ($) under Governor Jay Inslee’s new orders.
Induced demand: A new paper suggests that more parking puts more cars on the road.
Slow street recovery: Can a network of slow street speed pandemic recovery?
State preemption at work: More cities in California are having to take an active role in planning for housing due to new state laws.
National bike interests: An Oregon representative is pushing a national bill for bikeshare and commuter tax benefits.
West Marginal PBLs: Local groups are speaking up for protected bike lanes on West Marginal Way.
Warehouse moratorium: In the Atlanta area, there is a push for a warehouse moratorium to slow road damage.
Not enough: A new report suggests that economic relief from December is still not enough to solve the eviction crisis.
Housing and racial equity: The Biden administration promised big action on housing reform and racial equity last week.
Community Transit’s future: The Everett Herald interviews Ric Ilgenfritz, the new head of Community Transit, about his transit agency’s future ($).
Repair power: How can national Democrats fix the housing crisis in America?
New Starts: Yonah Freemark does his annual roundup of openings and construction starts for transit projects in North America (and beyond) this year.
Transit take: Politico has a suburban-centric commuter take on transit and the pandemic.
Mayoral race: Colleen Echohawk has entered the race for mayor of Seattle.
Planning rail service: A Los Angeles-to-Coachella passenger rail service is in the planning phase.
Victory: A Trump-era “clean energy” rule has been struck down by an appeals court allowing states to regulate emissions in the power sector.
Not in line: While collisions are plummeting in Seattle, traffic fatalities are not falling as fast.
Streamlined rezones: Nonprofit housing providers in Vancouver may soon be able to skip the rezone process to expedite their infill projects.
Gasless homes: Sightline argues against gas in homes.
Not out of the woods: Despite falling rents in San Francisco, the affordable housing crisis could get worse there.
Driver responsibility: A new Virginia bill would put more onus on people driving than people riding bikes.
Crossing the Columbia: What would a modern bicycle facility on the I-5 bridge crossing the Columbia River look like?
BK and LIC bike: The famed Brooklyn Bridge and Queensboro Bridge are finally poised to get dedicated, separate bike lanes ($).
Berkeley: In a surprising move, Berkeley has eliminated parking minimums for housing.
Housing Seattle: Seattle’s hotel-based “shelter surge” plan may be in jeopardy and could be in competing with other proposals.
He’s back: Portland’s mayor Ted Wheeler is indeed bringing on former bike-friendly mayor Sam Adams to his team.
Completed: The first phase of the Central Ridge Greenway is now open in the Central District.
Modest infill: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog highlights a new planned four-story project on E Pine St.
New segment: A new segment of the 7th Ave bike protected lane has opened in the Denny Triangle.
Transit fairy: A dedicated transit rider is beautifying bus stops in Seattle ($).
Cleaner fuels: Is Washington finally going to pass a “clean fuels” bill?
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