Yet another article explains why, even though the infrastructure bill contains historic levels of funding for public transportation, it’s still not enough. (Vox)
Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants to take another crack at more funding for transit and charging stations through reconciliation after senators largely ignored his surface transportation bill. (Roll Call)
More density is a solution to both the housing crisis and the climate crisis, but NIMBYs are standing in the way (The Guardian). One way to create denser cities is to make roads narrower and build housing on the reclaimed land (Route Fifty).
The D.C. Metro is boosting service and cutting fares to woo back riders, which could serve as a model for other struggling transit agencies. (Governing)
The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the city’s bus-only-lane pilot project a “half measure” and a “missed opportunity.”
Drivers have killed 12 cyclists in San Diego this year because of a lack of safe bike routes. (Union-Tribune)
Tampa would get $8 million for new streetcars from the Invest in America Act. (Fox 13)
A coalition of Indianapolis groups is putting forward plans to bury parts of interstates 65 and 70 underground before the Indiana DOT even starts talking about rebuilding the 46-year-old freeways. (Star)
Detroit denied one resident’s request for speed humps on his street. Then a truck driver going twice the speed limit hit him and put him in the hospital. (Fox 2)
Little Rock’s transit agency is exploring sites for a downtown bus terminal. (Arkansas Online)
Virginia’s first light rail line has carried more than 13 million riders since it opened 10 years ago. (Railway Age)
Congress passed a short-term spending bill that will renew funding for our existing car-focused infrastructure, missing an opportunity to reform a broken system that's killing our planet and its people.
At times in this whole reauthorization process, it’s been hard to see the way forward. House Republicans refuse to deficit-spend their way out of the funding conundrum, and Democrats haven’t gotten behind a coherent plan to come up with more revenues, though they’re still arguing for a bigger bill. Still, I’ve been reporting on the […]
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” […]
This morning, at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual legislative conference, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said he was recently asked by the House Appropriations Committee if he prefers a two-year transportation bill or a five-year transportation bill. Neither, he said: “I prefer a bipartisan bill.” “Bipartisanship is the reason the Senate bill is a […]
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is on the verge of releasing its proposal to reauthorize the federal transportation program until 2021. But it’s counting on the Senate Finance Committee to figure out how to pay for it. And that committee seems disturbingly far from an answer. The Highway Trust Fund (yes, that’s still […]