In a bit of parliamentary maneuvering, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure agreement Wednesday night, and Senate Republicans blocked it (CNN). Next, either an agreement is reached, or Democrats will bring forward bills they’ve already passed through committee but stand no chance of gaining Republican support (Route Fifty).
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg hit up transit agencies in Oregon, Phoenix and Chicago on a tour to drum up support for President Biden’s infrastructure plan. (Mass Transit Mag)
Transportation for America gave Biden good marks on what he’s been able to accomplish so far, but six months into his presidency, much of his work deserves an incomplete.
Exactly what does it take to create a 15-minute city? (Governing)
Also from Governing:For a mid-sized transit system like Raleigh’s, plugging in federal COVID relief funds to go fare-free was easy. Doing so sustainably when those funds run out is a different story.
Amidst a historic heat wave, more than 20 Oregon groups want ODOT to address climate change by not widening freeways and instituting congestion pricing. (Willamette Week)
Utah is using pollution sensors on buses to track air quality in real time. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Boston has sacrificed everything for cars. But its pre-car origins also mean it has the opportunity to change. (Boston Magazine)
Virginia has a good plan to slow down drivers — as long as enforcement is equitable. (Mercury)
Boston is building five miles of bus lanes this summer. (WBUR)
The Seattle Times wants to hear from readers on Sound Transit’s plans to delay projects.
It’s been two weeks, and Pittsburgh is already having problems with people parking e-scooters just wherever. (Pittsburgh Magazine)
Senate Democrats have an infrastructure "blueprint" of their own, one that's weighted toward transit. The trouble is that Democrats have little power to set terms, and getting drawn into negotiations over an unnecessary infrastructure bill may not play out to their advantage.
We’ve often scratched our heads as to why many Republicans — especially the party’s leadership — seem so averse to rail, transit and bike infrastructure. There seems to be a mismatch between the party’s espoused ideals and its preference for highly subsidized and highly expensive auto infrastructure. Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic has illuminated […]
We just got word that the Murray/Feinstein amendment, which would have increased funding for both highways and transit in the Senate stimulus package, received support from 58 Senators, falling short of the 60 votes necessary to be considered. Does that clear the way for Chuck Schumer’s transit amendment? Not exactly. The vote calls into question […]
With the FY2011 budget finally settled, it’s time for Washington to start fighting over 2012. President Obama released his 2012 budget proposal in February. The Republicans introduced theirs last week. And the House Democrats have just released theirs [PDF]. Meanwhile, President Obama is giving a speech in just a few hours on his plan to […]
Yesterday’s elections returned some of the nation’s most anti-urban, anti-transit governors to power in races where they were supposed to be vulnerable. Pro-transit candidates were unexpectedly routed in some states, though a few did manage to hang on. For more background on these races, check out yesterday’s election preview. Here’s what to expect going forward. […]
While there is no official statement yet, sources on the Hill (and CQ for subscribers) are saying that House Republicans are revamping their 5-year, $260 billion transportation bill and will discard their proposal to eradicate the dedicated transit funding mechanism enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1983. The bill is unlikely to see floor debate next […]