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The Los Angeles transportation department and Remix, a startup that provides planning tools to cities, have inked a partnership with scooter and bike companies Lime and Spin as part of its push for a mobility data standard.

Driving the news: Earlier this year, Los Angeles announced it wants to create a data standard for transportation modes like shared bikes and scooters. The standard, dubbed the “mobility data specification,” aims to make it easier for cities use the companies’ data to monitor activity, enforce rule violations, and communicate needs such as a lack of vehicles in a particular area.

Remix’s new tools for monitoring and managing bike and scooter services aims to help cities see where exactly the vehicles are, and what that means for public transit, access for residents, and so on.

  • Bird, a scooter startup that’s not part of this partnership, recently unveiled its own dashboard for cities with data about its vehicles.
  • While Los Angeles will be the first city where this data standard is deployed, officials hope other cities adopt it too. Remix says it plans to continue working with Spin and Lime in other cities as well.

The bottom line: As cities embrace (or begrudgingly accept) new transportation options like electric scooters, they’re seeking more control compared to when they had when ride-hailing companies rolled out years ago, and this time they want data.

Go deeper: Still smarting from Uber, cities wise up about scooter data

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First look: Mayors press Biden on immigration

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A coalition of nearly 200 mayors and county executives is challenging Joe Biden and the incoming Congress to adopt a progressive immigration agenda that would give everyone a pathway to citizenship.

Why it matters: The group's goals, set out in a white paper released today, seem to fall slightly to the left of what the president-elect plans to propose on Inauguration Day — though not far — and come at a time of intense national polarization over immigration.

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
9 mins ago - Health

Demand for coronavirus vaccines is outstripping supply

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Now that nearly half of the U.S. population could be eligible for coronavirus vaccines, America is facing the problem experts thought we’d have all along: demand for the vaccine is outstripping supply.

Why it matters: The Trump administration’s call for states to open up vaccine access to all Americans 65 and older and adults with pre-existing conditions may have helped massage out some bottlenecks in the distribution process, but it’s also led to a different kind of chaos.

Woman who allegedly stole laptop from Pelosi's office to sell to Russia is arrested

Photo: FBI

A woman accused of breaching the Capitol and planning to sell to Russia a laptop or hard drive she allegedly stole from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was arrested in Pennsylvania's Middle District Monday, the Department of Justice said.

Driving the news: Riley June Williams, 22, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct. She has not been charged over the laptop allegation and the case remains under investigation, per the DOJ.