Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Today's Headlines

Monday’s Headlines Need Better Infrastructure

The lack of investment in infrastructure in the U.S. over the past few decades is costing us all a lot of time and making people very unhappy, according to the New York Times.

12:01 AM EDT on October 23, 2023

Shilpy Arora|

Avoiding driving and flying are two of the best things one can do for the environment.

  • The New York Times Magazine took a deep dive into the cost in time, money and lives of not investing in infrastructure. Following a 100-year burst of ingenuity, travel times have been stagnant or worse since the 1970s, despite long commutes being a primary source of unhappiness among U.S. residents.
  • As vehicles become more fuel-efficient or don't need any gas at all, Congress and state legislators are looking for new ways to fund transportation. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman introduced a bill that would provide additional funding for transit during emergencies like the I-95 collapse in Philadelphia. (Transportation Today)
  • Since a new California law legalized speed cameras, San Francisco is planning to place 33 of them in school zones and at dangerous intersections. (SFist)
  • Should Milwaukee start charging to ride the streetcar? Three quarters of riders would be willing to pay for the fare-free service. (WTMJ)
  • Dallas is looking at options for a streetcar line that would provide an essential transit link. (KERA)
  • Atlanta Beltline transit advocates are mounting a response to a new NIMBY group. (Axios)
  • The Tampa Bay Times editorial board calls on the community to leverage a small federal planning grant into another stab at expanding the region's transit system.
  • Birmingham's sidewalks are crumbling. (
  • A Portland State University student calls for the campus to go car-free. (Vanguard)
  • Raleigh and Durham have seen an uptick in biking since the start of the pandemic. (Axios)
  • Ithica is considering legalizing jaywalking. (Voice)
  • One San Diego resident is so upset about a new sidewalk that he used his SUV to block construction. (NBC San Diego)
  • Phoenix's Pantless Light Rail Ride is back. (New Times)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Friday’s Headlines Are So Fresh and So Clean

The only thing Americans love more than a car is a clean car.

February 23, 2024

CalBike: Tell the Legislature Hands Off Active Transportation Funding

Calbike has an action alert that allows its members to write directly to legislators with their feelings on whether or not the ATP funding should be restored before the legislature votes on the budget in June.

February 22, 2024

Oakland Rips Out Protected Bike Lane on Embarcadero

The city and the councilmember who represents District 2 complain about lack of resources for safety projects, but somehow they have the resources to rip out protected bike lanes.

February 22, 2024

Talking Headways Podcast: The Annual Yonah Freemark Show, Part II

This week, let's talk about transit funding in general and the Roosevelt Boulevard subway in Philadelphia, specifically.

February 22, 2024

State DOTs Spend Even More Money on Highway Expansions Than We Thought

Advocates knew states would go on a highway widening binge when the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed — but they didn't know it would be quite this bad.

February 22, 2024
See all posts