Infrastructure Update: The Outlook for Fare-Free Transit

Doing away with public transit fares is an idea that gained traction in recent years, with the pandemic spurring new interest. But views differ on whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

We All Should Be Rooting for the Infrastructure Implementation Task Force

COMMENTARY | Identifying the people and places left behind in the current economy is critical.

Why Communities Should Adopt Vision Zero to Curb Traffic Fatalities

COMMENTARY | Instituting Vision Zero strategies, which aim to redesign road systems and policies to reduce traffic fatalities, will minimize the economic, health care and safety costs associated with traffic accidents.

The Country’s Most Cost-Effective Highway Systems

North Dakota’s highways are in the best condition for the least amount of money, according to an annual report released this month.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Infrastructure Update: Diversity, Equity and State DOTs

The first Black president of the leading association for state transportation officials speaks with Route Fifty about race, equity and diversity issues confronting public infrastructure agencies.

Rural Leaders Fear They’ll Miss Out on Infrastructure Money

Small towns might not have the staff to write grants, according to state and association officials.

Salmon to Swim Free as Infrastructure Money Flows

The Biden infrastructure law includes $1B to remove fish barriers in several states.

Buttigieg Emphasizes Need for Regional Cooperation on Infrastructure Grants

Speaking to city leaders, the transportation secretary also said his department would strive to make programs "user friendly" for communities of all sizes and highlighted road safety efforts.

Five Ways Government Leaders Can Develop Future Infrastructure Workers

The $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure package can deliver a needed jolt to the labor market, but states and localities need to focus on building the long-term labor pipeline, according to a new report.

Infrastructure Update: The Bill is Signed. What's Next?

President Biden has signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law. Attention is now turning to states and localities, which will have a key role coming up with projects and implementing programs.

Biden Signs $1.2T Infrastructure Bill Into Law

The White House announced that a former mayor will help lead an implementation task force for the measure.

Why Building More Homes Won’t Solve the Affordable Housing Problem for the Millions of People Who Need It Most

COMMENTARY | California and other states plan to build more homes in an effort to fix America’s affordable housing problem. But that’s not the main reason housing remains unaffordable for millions of people.

Introducing Route Fifty's Infrastructure Update

In this first edition of our new weekly newsletter, we look at the implications of the November election results on infrastructure issues around the U.S.

$1.2T Infrastructure Plan Offers Lucrative Target for Fraud

Research shows there are ways to fight fraud, but the bill contains very little language aimed at doing so.

$1B for Urban Highway Removals On the Way, More Money Could Follow

Advocates say $4 billion in domestic spending legislation that could help revamp roads that split apart cities is a crucial addition to funding in the infrastructure bill Congress approved last week.

State and Local Push on Infrastructure Finally Pays Off

Congress’ approval of a roughly $1 trillion public works package marks a milestone for cities, states and counties that have pressed for years to get federal infrastructure spending boosted.

House Passes ‘Long Overdue’ Infrastructure Package

President Biden and local government leaders hailed Congress’ approval of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which will provide funding for roads, bridges, transit, broadband and water projects across the country.

New $1B Economic Development Program Draws Heavy Interest

Over 500 applicants, state agencies and local governments among them, have applied for the regionally focused initiative. There are only 50 to 60 slots available in its first phase.

Coastal States Seek to Limit Seawall Construction

Hard structures can hurt marine life and accelerate erosion elsewhere.

What Stays and Goes as Democrats Trim Biden’s Domestic Spending Bill

Funding for free community college tuition is likely to be cut and a child tax credit and paid family and medical leave could be limited.