More than 80 percent of cities plan to spend federal infrastructure funding on roads and bridges, while less than 60 percent will use it to pay for safer streets, and less than 30 percent are electrifying their bus fleets. (Governing)
Viral video of a Los Angeles driver killing six people while running a red light at 90 miles an hour is sparking new discussion about using geofencing technology to control vehicle speeds. (Treehugger)
California high-speed rail received final approval from state regulators for the San Jose-to-San Francisco leg. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Maryland is building a new bridge over the Potomac River, and bike advocates and members of Congress are trying to convince Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to save the old one for walking and biking. (Washington Post)
Boston’s pro-transit mayor, Michelle Wu, is on the defensive as the Orange Line shuts down for 30 days of repairs (Globe). The city is providing buses and free-bike share, and one group is organizing convoys for inexperienced riders (Herald). Things have gone smoothly so far (Streetsblog MASS).
St. Louis’ MetroLink resumed full service Monday, four weeks after flooding shut down the transit system. Repairs will cost an estimated $32 million. (Post-Dispatch)
Issues ranging from labor strikes to a landslide have pushed back the completion of four Sound Transit light-rail lines. (Seattle Times)
Milwaukee has stepped up enforcement and education in response to a deadly rash of reckless driving, but it should also be redesigning its streets to be safer. (Journal-Sentinel)
A $25 million federal grant will fund improvements on seven of Philadelphia’s most dangerous streets. (WHYY)
A Pittsburgh pilot program is giving free transit and micromobility access to 50 low-income residents to see if it improves their economic mobility. (Traffic Technology Today)
Bloomington, Indiana, is consolidating four bus lines into two and subsidizing Uber and Lyft rides instead, at a cost of up to $19 a pop. (Herald-Times)
A Savannah homeowner found two 130-year-streetcars in her backyard after moving into the house. (WTOC)
In a searing reminder that the nation has to do a better job of keeping its infrastructure in safe working condition, the I-5 bridge between Burlington and Mt. Vernon, Washington, collapsed last night. Thankfully, no one was killed, and the three people whose vehicles fell into the water were hospitalized with only minor injuries. Interstate-5 […]
The collapse of a bridge in Pittsburgh is just a preview of potential disasters to come under the new infrastructure legislation, which continues to allow states to prioritize building new capacity for drivers over repairing existing stuff.
When Minneapolis’ I-35 bridge collapsed in 2007, lawmakers from both parties vowed to focus on shoring up the nation’s aging infrastructure. But when the public spotlight faded from the issue of infrastructure repair, Congress showed little appetite for setting aside maintenance aid that did not hold the promise of ribbon-cutting ceremonies or campaign donations. The […]
President Obama chose the home turf of two of his principal political opponents to highlight the need for more infrastructure investment in the U.S. Standing beneath the Brent Spence Bridge, which connects Cincinnati (the home city of House Speaker John Boehner) with Kentucky (the home state of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell), Obama made his […]
In the wake of the 2007 collapse of Minnesota’s I-35 bridge, Washington policymakers vowed a renewed focus on repairing the nation’s aging infrastructure. But weeks after the fatal collapse, Congress approved a transportation spending bill with 704 earmarked projects, at a total cost topping $570 million — and just 11 percent of those earmarks went […]
Two U.S. Senators are pushing a bill that would allocate $287 billion to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges — with less than one percent of it set aside to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe.