Americans have been debating infrastructure spending since the Erie Canal 200 years ago, mainly because some Americans have always resisted change. (Politico)
Far from being a bipartisan issue, Republicans’ hostility toward cities could kill any hope of an infrastructure package. (Governing)
Even with federal funding filling budget holes, transit agencies still need to lure back riders to meet climate-change goals and ramp up routes to better serve low-income riders. (Associated Press)
Amtrak is used to merely fending off budget cuts, but under the Biden administration it’s going on the offensive for the first time, pitching an expansion plan that would bring service to 166 new cities. (Georgia Recorder)
Waiting for some pie-in-the-sky technology is pointless when we could be investing in buses instead. (New Republic)
California high-speed rail has been delayed and scaled back since the 2009 stimulus, but President Biden’s $2-trillion infrastructure plan could change all that. (U.S. News & World Report)
Andrew Yang, the frontrunner for mayor of New York City, wants to take over the state-run subway system, but experts say that’s a bad idea because the city doesn’t have the means to pay for it. (Politico)
Portland’s KATU interviewed Rep. Earl Blumenauer about light rail on a new I-5 bridge to Washington. Meanwhile, City Observatory says the Columbia River Crossing is more than just a bridge — it’s a 12-lane freeway that just happens to cross a river.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune says demands for more affordable housing shouldn’t stand in the way of transit-oriented development.
St. Paul’s Gold Line is already responsible for $200 million in planned new construction three years before the bus rapid transit line opens. (Pioneer Press)
The next time your subway car is overcrowded, or your train is delayed, or your bus is bogged down in traffic, you can access a direct line to your members of Congress and let them know you’re not gonna take it anymore. Building America’s Future, a lobbying group for more federal infrastructure spending, just released […]