Infrastructure

As traffic fatalities remain high, states and feds meet to swap road safety ideas

The gathering marked the second anniversary of the Biden administration’s push to reduce roadway deaths. The feds also used the occasion to announce that $1.25 billion in grants is available for its Safe Streets and Roads for All program.

Are the Build America rules slowing infrastructure progress?

State DOTs, transit agencies and the construction industry want the White House to make it easier to comply with rules designed to include American-made products in infrastructure projects.

'Graffiti bombing' hits abandoned skyscrapers in Los Angeles and Miami

COMMENTARY | Graffiti artists in both cities recently tagged swiftly and extensively downtown skyscrapers that had been abandoned. The form of activism, which has a long history in cities, was met with a mix of admiration and condemnation.

Federal permitting hampers climate goals and natural disaster mitigation, counties say

Officials, who are calling for reforms, say environmental regulations shouldn’t lead to yearslong waits to build transmission lines or impede their ability to respond to natural disasters.

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FAA boosts airport infrastructure with nearly $1B in grants

The money, which is part of the 2021 federal infrastructure law, will help airports accommodate more passengers, make their facilities more accessible to people with disabilities and prepare for climate change.

A decade in, pedestrian deaths dip under Vision Zero

Advocates say New York’s experience with the traffic safety approach shows promise, but the city has deployed safety measures like bike lanes and redesigned intersections more often in whiter and wealthier neighborhoods.

Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power

A plant in Michigan might become the first in the nation to reopen after closing.

Getting serious about housing in New York City

COMMENTARY | Mayor Eric Adams’ Zoning for Housing Opportunity plan would partly reverse effects of restrictive policies that limited development in the name of preserving neighborhood character.

Power outages leave poor communities in the dark longer

Evidence from of a study of 15 million outages raises questions about recovery times.

9 states band together to phase out fossil fuel heating in homes

The signatories say the agreement’s focus on building emissions will signal to manufacturers that there will be a robust market for heat pumps in the coming years.

A gold star for EV Readiness: Chicago-area program prepares communities for electric vehicle adoption

The Chicago suburb University Park earned the second-highest score of a dozen municipalities participating in the first cohort of a Metropolitan Mayors Caucus program to boost electric vehicle adoption.

Lackluster revenues force Maryland to trim transportation services

Gov. Wes Moore promised to promote equity and climate goals with transportation, but now his administration has to scale back on basic services.

Five years later, New Hampshire’s community power law is reshaping the electricity market

The statewide community power coalition will become the state’s second-largest electrical supplier this spring after it adds another 29 communities to the program.

More cities offer broadband service, study says

The pandemic and federal funding has spurred the growth of municipally owned internet in the past two years as cities look to offer cheaper service.

Chicago could be first major Midwestern city to ban gas in new construction

Buildings are Chicago’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, but efforts to decarbonize them are facing union opposition.

Groundwater levels are falling worldwide — but there are solutions

New research shows how to protect the aquifers that hold most of the world’s fresh water.

Biden unveils $4.9B in big-ticket infrastructure grants

Three dozen projects got the green light and millions of federal dollars. The president also used the announcement to bolster his reelection campaign.

Airports are finally back to their pre-pandemic normal, Fitch says

The ratings agency in the last year has upgraded the bond ratings of several major U.S. hubs amid record travel.

Pressure mounts to extend low-income broadband subsidy

After the FCC released guidance on how it planned to wind down the Affordable Connectivity Program, more state and local officials are urging Congress to maintain funding.

Brightline gets another big boost from Biden to build Vegas line

The administration approved $2.5 billion in private activity bonds, making the private rail company the biggest user of the low-interest infrastructure loans.