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).

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