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FHWA Issues Emissions Tracking Rule

The agency will require states to monitor transportation emissions and create plans to address air pollution.

November 28 - Route Fifty

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Magical Thinking and NIMBYism

Comparing different types of NIMBYism and where they go wrong.

November 28 - Michael Lewyn

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FTA Proposes Measures to Prevent Transit Operator Fatigue

Public transit is the only type of transportation not already subject to ‘hours of service’ and fatigue risk management regulations.

November 28 - Safety & Health

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West Texas Growth Prompts Water Supply Concerns

Small desert communities are looking for ways to conserve water as their tourist and resident populations grow.

November 28 - The Daily Yonder

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The Variable Benefits of Streetcars

An analysis of several streetcar systems shows that they bring different benefits based on a community’s goals.

November 28 - Smart Cities Dive

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Newark Announces Supplemental Zoning Board

The temporary board will help speed up the application review process during a development boom.

November 28 - Governing

Rendering of TOD with two glass towers abovw MARTA transit station in Kensington near Atlanta, Georgia.

New TOD Breaks Ground in Atlanta Area

The project will include over 500 housing units, commercial and retail space, and park spaces.

November 28 - Urbanize Atlanta

Makeshift shelter built by unhoused people on hillside overlooking freeway in Stockton, California.

Study: Homeless People Face Higher Mortality Risk

Unhoused adults are more than three times as likely to die in any given year as their housed counterparts, research shows.

November 27 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Study: Equity in Car Share Programs Requires Low Cost, Broad Coverage

Data from a Los Angeles car share program showed its impact on underserved communities was ‘limited by its small footprint.’

November 27 - Streetsblog USA

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The Largest U.S. City Lacking Mass Transit

Arlington, Texas has the dubious distinction of being the largest city in the nation with no fixed-route public transit system.

November 27 - Fort Worth Report

New York Cyclist

New York Court Rules on Cycling Search and Seizure

The ruling gives people on bikes the same rights as drivers when it comes to police stops.

November 27 - StreetsBlog NYC

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How ‘Daylighting’ Intersections Can Save Lives

Eliminating visual obstructions can make intersections safer for all users.

November 27 - Strong Towns

One-story Greyhound bus station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Greyhound Abandons Stations at Travelers’ Expense

As the company shutters stations, passengers are left without shelter, basic amenities, and often farther from central cities and transit connections.

November 27 - Streetsblog USA

View of low-rise buildings in downtown Durham, North Carolina at sunset.

Durham Eliminates Parking Requirements

Another domino has fallen in the parking reform movement.

November 27 - The News & Observer

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Report: Gas-Powered Lawn Tools Produce Emissions Comparable to Cars

A Maryland study recommends switching to electric tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the state’s climate goals.

November 27 - Maryland Matters

'Huntington Beach' sign on pedestrian bridge over Pacific Coast Highway.

Federal Court Dismisses Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge on November 13 dismissed a lawsuit the Orange County city filed against the state and the Southern California Association of Governments in March in an attempt to exempt itself from state housing laws.

November 26 - Courthouse News Service

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Phoenix Transit Riders Face Accessibility Challenges

Disability advocates want the city’s transit agencies to expand the scope of their accessibility efforts to include a broader range of needs.

November 26 - AZ Big Media

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San Antonio Awarded Federal Grant for Bike Lanes

The $16 grant will fund a two-way, separated bike lane in the city’s downtown.

November 26 - San Antonio Current

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EPA Launches Environmental Justice Grant Program

The agency says the program is designed to be more accessible to smaller and underresourced communities.

November 26 - Smart Cities Dive

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Seattle Makes Historic Affordable Housing Investment

While the 2024 budget plan invests in housing and social programs, city leaders warn the city will face a shortfall of almost $250 million in 2025.

November 24 - Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

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