The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is no new New Deal. The $550 billion in new spending will mostly go to a vast backlog of small projects and deferred maintenance because, for all the damage interstates did to cities, the highway revolts of the 1960s and ’70s had the pernicious side effect of tamping down any appetite for ambition or central planning. (City Lab)
Transportation data collection and a road-use charge pilot program are two overlooked provisions of the infrastructure package. (Governing)
The White House wants states to appoint “infrastructure czars” to oversee spending all the cash they’re about to receive. (Route Fifty)
The Federal Transit Administration is rolling out American Rescue Plan grants, including $6 billion to New York’s MTA (ABC 7), $1.6 billion to New Jersey Transit (Insider) and $1.2 billion to the L.A. Metro (NBC Los Angeles).
Transit advocates don’t want the L.A. Metro to resume collecting fares in March after two years of being fare-free. (KCRW)
Maryland’s Purple Line is now four years behind schedule and $1.4 billion over budget. (Washington Post)
The Memphis Area Transit Authority is exploring ways to extend transit to a nearby Ford plant that will employ 6,000 people. (Commercial Appeal)
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.
As painful as it is to deal with the reality of a Donald Trump presidency, if you think highways and sprawl are a terrible mistake, the time to mobilize is now. One of the first things on Trump’s agenda, after dismantling Obama’s social and environmental legacy to the greatest extent possible, is a huge round of infrastructure spending. […]
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 […]