Wednesday’s Headlines

  • A U.S. House subcommittee has signed off on a $137.1 billion transportation spending bill for the next fiscal year, with modest increases in transit spending (Smart Cities Dive).
  • Commonwealth Magazine’s latest Codcast interviews Richard Prone, a retired train engineer and current MBTA Advisory Board member. Prone recently succeeded in persuading the T to make cost-neutral adjustments in its schedules to allow for later-night commuter rail runs to the South Shore.
  • The New York City Council votes today on an ordinance that would revoke permits for construction firms if they block bike lanes without providing a safe alternative route, reports Streetsblog NYC.
  • Advocacy group DavisNow wants Somerville to put up $750,000 in funds to repair broken sidewalks and lighting in Davis Square (Somerville Times).
  • Paris is advancing a proposal to reduce the number of lanes on its chronically-jammed, 8-lane Boulevard Périphérique – with one lane repurposed for emergency and public transport vehicles, and another repurposed for trees (Citylab).


Tremont Street Before and After protected bike lanes 2020

Mayor Walsh Boasts of ‘Healthy Streets’ Transformations

In a sure sign that taking away lanes from cars to create safer, more efficient streets is a politically winning strategy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday morning to boast about the ambitious changes being made under his administration’s “Healthy Streets” initiative. The Walsh administration is on track to […]