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Wednesday’s Headlines Raise the Roof

RAISE grants funded by the 2021 infrastructure act will go to nearly 150 sustainable and equitable transportation projects in all 50 states, the U.S. DOT announced.

Two blue battery electric buses sit in a parking lot
Phot: New York MTA|

Some RAISE grants will help transit agencies buy electric buses like these.

  • The U.S. DOT awarded $1.8 billion in RAISE grants for 148 projects, including electric buses in Maine, a multiuse path in Toledo and accessible curbside ramps along a Durham transit route. (Construction Dive)
  • David Zipper interviews a French transportation expert on how U.S. cities can emulate their European counterparts' e-bike boom. (City Lab)
  • People who live in rural areas tend to lack transit and drive a lot of miles, which means these drivers can particularly benefit from electric vehicles. (Clean Technica)
  • Metro Magazine details what transit agencies are doing to make driving a bus safer and more comfortable.
  • A nearly $7 billion check from the federal government means the last of the funding is now in place for the massive Gateway project, a new rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River. (North Jersey)
  • Fresno's new high-speed rail station will incorporate the city's original 1872 train depot. (Fast Company)
  • No more Delaware stroads? A new state law encourages the DOT to put them on a road diet or turn them into limited-access highways. (Streetsblog USA)
  • A new Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Paul served almost 20,000 riders during its first month of operation. (Bring Me the News)
  • A combination of free fares and better service helped Richmond transit hit 10 million riders for the fiscal year ending in June. (Virginia Mercury)
  • San Antonio's regional transportation agency has agreed to pony up $9.3 million for an eight-mile multiuse path. (San Antonio Magazine)
  • Philadelphia transit agency SEPTA wants to redevelop a parking lot near the Ambler rail station as mixed use. (WHYY)
  • A proposal before the Indianapolis city council would set a goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2035 and a create a Vision Zero task force to figure out how. (Star)
  • A Detroit bike shop owner offers advice on what to pack for a long ride. (Axios)
  • In Tuscaloosa drivers can pay off their parking tickets by donating school supplies. (Thread)
  • A satirical Sim City-style game encourages players to turn their virtual metropolis into a paradise for cars. (PC Gamer)

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