Jammed downtown streets near the White House will get bus lanes this summer in place of current rush-hour lanes of traffic. “H and I Street Northwest, and generally east-west travel through … downtown, is congested and slow for all users, but it’s especially slow for bus riders,” District Department of Transportation Planner Megan Kanagy said in an interview. Bus lanes are planned starting around June 3 on I Street in Northwest from 13th Street (Franklin Square) to near 21st Street/Pennsylvania Avenue, and on parallel H Street in Northwest from near Pennsylvania Avenue past Lafayette Square to 14th Street. The rules would apply between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both streets. Dozens of bus routes from across the District and the region, serving tens of thousands of riders, converge and overlap in that area. The routes serve about 1 in 5 of all Metrobus riders in the District alone. DDOT describes the lanes as a temporary pilot plan that would run through the end of September fueled by long-term problems.

The Uber self-driving accident would become, at least for a time, the pinnacle example of a bigger idea: self-driving cars, tested on city streets among the unwitting public, might simply be too dangerous to allow.  

Four Oakland churches will allow homeless people living in cars to park overnight in their parking lots with the hopes of leading them toward options for permanent housing. Williams Chapel Baptist Church in the Clinton neighborhood will spearhead the program — which is being funded with a $50,000 grant from Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s office — this week, reserving 10 spots in their parking lot for car-dwellers to park overnight for up to three months. By mid-April, West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Corinthians Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church also will offer spots to accommodate a total of up to 65 vehicles.

Assemblymember David Chiu introduced a bill Monday that seeks to end towing practices that harm low-income people. Assembly Bill 516 would eliminate towing conducted as a debt collection tool. The Bay Area is known for high costs including steep towing fees. The average fee to retrieve a car from a tow yard is $500. “When you add daily storage, parking tickets, additional standard fees and fines the cost to retrieve a car could often skyrocket to $1,500,” said Chiu, who represents District 17.

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