Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is fast-tracking the 2,700-page infrastructure bill, calling for a vote within “a matter of days.” (Associated Press)
Transit advocates say the $39 billion devoted to transit in the bill isn’t enough to address the many needs. (The Hill)
Part of the reason it isn’t enough is that U.S. transit projects are the most expensive in the world despite generally being less complex than projects overseas, as recently documented by the Eno Center for Transportation.
Critics of the final package’s relative lack of investment in transit and road safety say the fact that a deal was made has become more important than what’s in the deal. (Roll Call)
Love it or hate it, President Biden was able to cut a deal without Mitch McConnell blocking it like he did with President Obama’s stimulus package. New York Magazine explains how.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Boston train crash that injured 25 people. (Boston 25)
Dallas is embracing Vision Zero after it was dubbed it the most dangerous city for driving. Even if it’s just drivers looking out for their own self-interests, hey, if that’s what it takes … (Spectrum News)
San Francisco is considering congestion pricing downtown. (Chronicle)
The Federal Highway Administration released $1 million in emergency funds to help repair a pedestrian bridge damaged by a truck in Washington, D.C. (WTOP)
Donald Trump's first budget will reportedly follow a blueprint for extreme spending cuts laid out by the Heritage Foundation. That could spell disaster for cities, since Heritage recommends eliminating federal support for transit.
The House of Representatives approved the transportation bill conference report this afternoon by a vote of 373 to 52. [UPDATE 4:00 PM: The Senate has also approved the bill, 74-19.] This is a bill that’s been called “a death blow to mass transit” by the Amalgamated Transit Union, “a step backwards for America’s transportation system” […]
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.
Last week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority abruptly cut ties with four contractors working on the 4.7-mile Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford, outside Boston. The announcement came shortly after reports that the cost of the light rail project had ballooned to about $3 billion, an increase of a billion dollars. State officials said the decision doesn’t mean […]