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Senate Sends Trump $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill
Bloomberg – March 23, 2018
The Senate narrowly averted a government shutdown by passing a $1.3 trillion spending bill early Friday that increases military and domestic spending and strengthens background checks for gun buyers.  The 65-32 vote came after Republican conservatives objected to the higher spending and Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky held open the possibility that he’d delay the vote past a Friday midnight funding deadline.

As Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Scientists Scramble for Answers
Wired – March 22, 2018
On Monday, the nascent self-driving vehicle sector reached an unfortunate milestone when, for the first time, a self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. This also means robot drivers are becoming more like their human predecessors—who kill thousands of pedestrians every year.

Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear
Washington Post – March 21, 2018
(Note: Unlike most other urban areas across the U.S., the two NC metro areas included in this study DID NOT see a decline. From 2016-2015, Raleigh saw a 64% increase in ridership and Charlotte a 37% increase.)
Transit ridership fell in 31 of 35 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. last year, including each of the seven cities that serve the majority of riders, with losses largely stemming from buses, but punctuated by reliability issues on systems like Metro, according to an annual overview of public transit usage.

NCDOT Awards 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grants
NCDOT Media – March 21, 2018
Nine municipalities and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation.  Recipients were selected from a pool of 23 applications by an awards committee comprised of representatives from regional planning organizations and councils of government, local governments, health professionals and NCDOT staff from multiple units.

Public transit officials are ‘struggling to understand’ Trump’s proposed cuts
Washington Post – March 19, 2018
Senior executives from transit agencies around the country said Monday they are perplexed by President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal grants aimed at funding transportation infrastructure and public transit projects — especially in light of his pledges to improve the quality of the nation’s rail systems.