States will have broad discretion on projects to fund with federal infrastructure money, and there’s no guarantee they’ll spend it equitably. (Vox)
The flood of road money in the infrastructure bill means that highway fund “donor states” will no longer exist. Every state will get more for roads than it pays in gas taxes. (Eno Center for Transportation)
Railway Age lays out in detail what’s in the infrastructure bill for passenger rail.
The infrastructure bill will provide $2 billion to improve accessibility at the 20 percent of transit stations that aren’t ADA compliant. (CBS News)
Twenty-five major cities worldwide have pledged to go carbon-neutral by doing things like banning cars from streets and building more bike lanes. (BBC)
CNBC proclaimed that self-driving cars are already here, an idea thoroughly refuted by Jalopnik.
Uber has brought back its carpool service under a new name (The Verge)
The Federal Highway Administration approved plans for a new interstate that will eventually connect Phoenix and Las Vegas. (Phoenix New Times)
Seattle is installing cameras to catch drivers who block intersections and bus lanes. (MyNorthwest)
Kansas City is planning a new transit line that might have bus rapid transit and streetcar components. (KMBC)
Speeding is a huge problem in Baltimore. The city says it’s prioritizing safety but doesn’t have enough funding. (WBAL)
Crashes were down but traffic deaths rose in North Carolina last year. (WBTV)
Boise’s urban renewal agency is buying a parking lot and turning it into a park. (Idaho Statesman)
If nothing else, the current round of federal transportation legislating should end the myth that highways are a uniquely self-sufficient form of infrastructure paid for by “user fees,” a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls. With all the general tax revenue that goes toward roads in America, car infrastructure has benefited from hefty subsidies for many years. […]
To do its part to avert catastrophic climate change, the United States would have to more or less eliminate carbon emissions from transportation in the next 35 years. But America is nowhere near on pace to make that happen. Transportation recently overtook the electric power sector to become the nation’s largest source of carbon emissions. That’s what […]
House Republicans introduced a six-year transportation bill this week, and while it’s not the utter disaster that past GOP proposals have been, advocates for smarter federal transportation policy are playing defense. Today, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee marked up the new bill. About 150 amendments were introduced, according to Transportation for America. All but a few […]