Whatever its flaws might be, the bipartisan infrastructure bill is the first time Republicans as well as Democrats have at least tacitly acknowledged the threat of climate change and the plight of underserved communities. (New York Times)
Also from the Times: Amtrak is happy with the Senate bill.
Transit advocates and other progressives feel left out of the deal, which has historic amounts of money for their causes but not as much as President Biden promised. (Politico)
Equity is an important lens through which to view infrastructure, not just because privileged neighborhoods don’t deserve better than others, but it also saves money in the long run. (Fast Company)
Politics makes strange bedfellows: The right-wing Cato Institute also has a lot of problems with the infrastructure bill, mostly related to the things Streetsblog likes.
Senate Democrats introduced a bill to tax the biggest greenhouse gas polluters hundreds of billions of dollars to pay for future climate disasters. (The Hill)
Employers that in the past had told employees that their commutes were their own problem are now being forced to reckon with the cost in time and money as workers refuse to go back to the office. (Bloomberg)
Seattle is among the U.S. cities where transit projects take too long and cost too much money compared to other cities worldwide. (Seattle Times)
The Baltimore Sun thinks a Red Line resurrection is unlikely, but some kind of east-west transit project could emerge out of the infrastructure bill.
Why are Houston’s roads so dangerous? Because they’re designed so drivers won’t let you get to the other side. (Houston Chronicle)
The City of Brotherly Love doesn’t have much love for Philadelphia’s roads. (NBC Philadelphia)
New House legislation coming out of Peter DeFazio's committee could restore some of what sustainable transportation advocates lost during the negotiations over the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill — without technically breaking President Biden's promises to the GOP.
The massive reconciliation bill under consideration in Congress would fall short of achieving our greenhouse gas reduction target — and the climate wins it does achieve would come disproportionately from consumer incentives for electric vehicles, rather than by shifting drivers out of cars.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is sort of the bond guy around the Senate. He’s a big fan of bonds as a way to raise money for infrastructure projects without much federal cost. Now he’s introduced a bill to create Transportation and Regional Infrastructure Project bonds. They’re different from Build America Bonds in several significant ways. […]
There’s been a lot of adulation heaped upon the TIFIA loan program lately. Both houses of Congress are ready to increase funding for the program nine times over, from $100 million to $1 billion a year – despite warnings from outside groups that there may not be enough eligible projects to use up all that […]