Thursday’s Headlines

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In Berlin, Adidas created limited-edition sneakers that come with a one-year transit pass embedded in the tongue of one of the shoes. (Jumping up to the validator is not required.) The city’s fare payment system allows people with wearable devices to walk onto trains without tapping at all. Photo courtesy of Adidas

From Streetsblog

  • Readers: Tell us about the hassles of paying RTD fares. When people step on a bus, many get nervous about holding it up while they search for exact change or find a transfer ticket. This “farebox anxiety” discourages some from riding transit. The antiquated payment tech on busses is a contrast from nearly every other purchase we make, including at vending machines where a tap-to-pay credit card allows you to instantaneously buy an Aquafina. (Streetsblog Denver)

Other news

  • Jerek Fabjancic, who was charged with vehicular homicide after a hit-and-run crash killed a man in LoDo last month, has been placed on leave from his job at the Colorado Department of Corrections. (Fox 31),
  • Some in Northern Colorado like public transportation, but as the population and traffic grow, the state may not be able to cut road congestion via the “Bustang Boom.”  (Colorado Sun)
  • Bike prices are likely to increase with new tariffs on Chinese goods. More than 90 percent of imported bikes come from China. (Denver7)
  • CDOT continues its crusade against stoned driving. (Westword)
  • Former Denver Mayor Stapleton was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Stapleton residents will vote to change the name of the neighborhood, but like the time of voter suppression after the Civil War, only property owners will be allowed a vote. (Denverite)
  • Denver Air Quality Index: 6 a.m.: 34 Good. Yesterday’s max: 44 Good.
  • National headlines at Streetsblog USA.

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