What We’re Reading: Free Transit, Bike Portland, and Sprawling Carbon

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Free transit: Katie Wilson of the Transit Riders Union talks free transit.

NEC improvements: There’s a new plan for the Northeast Corridor that could improve passenger service.

Rebuild or not: Should Washington, D.C. rebuild the pedestrian bridge that recently collapsed over an urban highway?

Revamping Burrard: In Vancouver, SkyTrain’s Burrard Station will close in 2022 for big upgrades and expansion.

Opposition: Opposition at a city council meeting was vigorous to the Portland South Park Blocks Plan.

New safety requirements: Washington, D.C. has added a new safety review requirement for larger development projects in the wake of the Surfside, Florida condominium tower collapse.

Reduced parking requirements: Denver has reduced parking requirements for affordable housing projects.

Out of reach: Most Californians live very close to the beach, but access is very inequitable ($).

New life: Could deserted parking garages get new life as affordable housing?

Bike Portland: Willamette Blvd in Portland is poised to get big upgrades, including 10-foot wide protected bike lanes.

RENFE: Spanish rail company RENFE has been chosen to run the Texas Central high-speed rail line ($).

Garfield Super Blocks: What’s the Garfield Super Block project and where’s it headed?

Postponed: A measure for ranked choice voting in King County isn’t headed to the November ballot after all.

Pete in Oregon: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Oregon last week to talk about ranging transportation priorities.

False narrative: Covid didn’t kill cities, but why was that narrative alluring ($)?

Proterra problems: Philadelphia’s transit agency has been experiencing serious problems with Proterra electric buses, WHYY reports.

Deadly European floods: Vox looks at how climate change fueled the deadly floods in Germany and Northwestern Europe; NPR has a story, too. Sadly, over 100 people have been killed in Germany by the floods.

Sprawling carbon: A study indicates that suburban living is worst for carbon emissions.

EU taking more action: European Union officials have a big plan to cut carbon emissions.

DACA’s big blow: The federal DACA program has been dealt a big blow, but the Administration vows to fight for it.

ECI: What’s in Seattle’s Equitable Communities Initiative for funding?

Not reducing crashes: A new study finds that traffic stops by police are not correlated with reduced crash rates.

Seating Moynihan: Will the new Moynihan Train Hall get more seating space?

Office districts: The New York Times covers the long-standing vulnerabilities of downtown office districts ($).

Value capture: Should value capture be part of the infrastructure package as a pay-for?

Rising power prices: Seattle electricity price rates are set to rise through 2026 ($).

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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.