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Amtrak wants to bring passenger rail to 160 new cities in the next 15 years — if state governments are willing to play ball.

12:01 AM EDT on July 18, 2023

  • Amtrak's 15-year, $75 billion expansion plan — most of which is already funded by the federal infrastructure bill — calls for creating 39 new lines and improving service on 25 others, the largest expansion in its 52-year history. But states will have to cooperate for the plan to reach its full potential. (City Lab)
  • On the other hand, a Republican-led House subcommittee wants to cut $2.3 billion from the Federal Transit Administration and $1.6 billion from Amtrak. (Progressive Railroading; Streetsblog)
  • The Federal Highway Administration has resolved most of a $3.5 billion accounting discrepancy. (Eno Center for Transportation)
  • A new Utah express bus will be fare-free for the next three years. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah is testing a system to tax drivers based on their driving habits rather than how much gas they consume. (Streetsblog USA)
  • Maryland's Purple Line has been delayed again, this time until 2027. (DCist)
  • A Tacoma bus rapid transit line is five years behind schedule and $37 million over budget. (News Tribune)
  • A North Philadelphia intersection and transit hub is getting a $7 million makeover, including bike lanes, bus-only lanes and new bus shelters. (WHYY)
  • San Antonio is seeking input on a new bike network plan. (KENS)
  • Denver residents are calling on mayor-elect Mike Johnston to get serious about Vision Zero (Colorado Politics) in a year where traffic deaths are projected to continue rising (Gazette).
  • The Democrat-Gazette urges Northeast Arkansas residents and leaders to embrace Vision Zero.
  • Crews are still repairing the Kansas City streetcar after the tracks buckled from the heat. (Star)
  • Austin is asking for more staffers to help apply for federal light rail grants. (Monitor)
  • New signs in Honolulu aim to shame drivers into stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks. (KITV)
  • Right-wing candidates in Spain are running against bike lanes and low-emission zones where cars are restricted. (Reuters)

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