A committee hearing becomes the venue for worries about privacy and civil rights.
Philadelphians turned up to the primary ballots Tuesday to re-elect Mayor Jim Kenney and vote for—among many other things—an amendment to create a new class of police officers to handle traffic enforcement. The amendment to the Home Rule Charter, which received nearly 69 percent of the votes by late Tuesday night, calls for a new group of police officers who would regulate traffic, though they won’t have the ability to arrest people or carry firearms, according to Philly.com. Rather, the measure is a way to combat growing issues of congestion in Center City by bringing in more officers to handle traffic flow. Most recently, the amendment was opposed by Uber and other rideshare drivers who urged Philadelphians to vote against the measure during Tuesday’s election.
A City Council proposal to exempt yellow cab drivers from the coming congestion pricing tolls is the wrong way to help suffering cabbies buffeted by a collapsing medallion market and competition from Uber and Lyft, experts told Streetsblog. Manhattan Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and his Bronx colleague Fernando Cabrera said Tuesday that Gov. Cuomo should immediately rescind a congestion surcharge that cabbies have been collecting since February — exempt yellow taxi drivers from paying the congestion pricing cordon fee once it goes into effect in 2021. The council members’ press conference with cab drivers came two days after a blistering expose in the Times revealed the decades-long roots of the taxi medallion mortgage crisis and the city’s role in feeding it.
Cities are struggling to make good on their Vision Zero promises and, just maybe, starting to make progress toward the goal of zero deaths. It’s too soon to say definitively for sure. But there are some encouraging signs in the fatality data from a handful of Vision Zero cities since 2010. The above graph, compiled by Streetsblog, shows the rate of change in traffic fatalities using 2010 as a baseline. The national fatality trend is shown in black for reference. As you can see, there appears to be some progress happening since 2016 in at least a handful of cities. (Note: Each city started Vision Zero at different dates and the selection of 2010 as the baseline is arbitrary.) Seattle, Boston, Portland, New York have seen fairly steady declines over the last few years — a good sign that their programs are starting to have an impact. But the trend is so recent that a single bad year could wipe out any sign of progress.
Northern Colorado region is growing so fast that it’s almost another Denver, and we know how everyone loves I-25 in Denver.