Intercity bus companies are asking for more funding in the upcoming reconciliation bill, and Democratic senators are also seeking $10 billion for transit that was stripped out of the Senate’s bipartisan bill. (Politico)
While some progressives are unhappy about the level of funding allocated to transit in the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is talking it up in visits back home. (Government Technology)
Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey is seeking funding in the reconciliation bill to stormproof Boston subways in the wake of Hurricane Ida flooding. (Boston Globe)
Car-free pedestrian malls mostly failed in the 1970s, but they could still provide a model for today’s “open streets.” (City Lab)
Transit-oriented development makes streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. (World Bank)
Streetsblog partner Streetfilms made its 1,000 video, on Montreal infrastructure.
More from City Lab: The developers of a car-free Arizona community are offering other transportation options at a discount to lure tenants.
The Oregon Transportation Commission granted preliminary approval to a Rose Quarter plan that involves widening I-5 in Portland but also capping it. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Widening I-35 in Austin won’t improve congestion, but it will encourage more driving and more sprawl, and destroy homes and businesses. (Texas Signal)
Everybody jaywalks, but Black people are more likely to be arrested for it in Los Angeles (LAist). The same bias exists in New York City, according to a previous Streetsblog NY investigation.
Maryland officials expect to have a new Purple Line contractor in place by February. (Washington Post)
San Francisco transit leaders are getting onboard Muni to talk to riders about a funding referendum in 2022. (Chronicle)
Las Vegas is seeking input about where to add new bike-share stations downtown. (Fox 5)
The Senate is on the brink of passing one of the most robust climate spending bills in U.S. history — but sustainable transportation advocates say it won't do enough to decarbonize the transportation sector.
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” […]
All options may be on the table for funding transportation, but Bill Shuster has chosen his. Rep. Shuster, head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, hasn’t been willing to commit to any one proposal for funding transportation until now. And his choice may make things complicated. At a Bloomberg Government event yesterday, Shuster came […]
The future of national transportation policy is pretty much like the present of national transportation policy, if the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has its way: underfunded and highway-centric. The bill released by Senator Barbara Boxer’s EPW Committee yesterday [PDF] rejects pretty much everything the Obama administration put forth in its bill, including permanent […]
Transit officials lined up today to make clear that holding transit spending at current levels — as the Senate’s transportation authorization bill does — will put transit systems at risk of falling further into dangerous disrepair. The backlog for transit maintenance and replacement stands “conservatively” at $86 billion, according to the Federal Transit Administration. That […]