Heat Waves and Flooding are Battering Electricity and Water Systems

COMMENTARY | America’s aging infrastructure is sagging under the pressure of climate change.

Rethinking Smart Cities

“Where’s the technology we’ve been talking about for years?”

Lawmakers Push Amtrak to Restore Cut Routes and Expand Service

But officials with the passenger railroad say they’re struggling with workforce shortages.

States Play a Central Role in the EV Charger Buildout

In many ways they’re in uncharted terrain as they plan for a $5 billion influx of federal funds to create a national network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Federal Grants for Broadband Expansion Begin to Flow

Louisiana is the first state to receive planning dollars from a pair of high-speed internet programs in the infrastructure law. Funding is expected to reach other states soon.

Feds Order a Troubled Subway System to Make Immediate Safety improvements

The Federal Transit Administration chided the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for systemic safety problems, including dozens of injuries and a passenger’s death.

Energy Department Seeks Input on $10B Electric Grid Overhaul

Modernization of the nation's grid to increase clean energy sources and reliability is a key part of President Biden’s sweeping infrastructure agenda.

Despite New Funding, Infrastructure Jobs Prove Tough to Fill

Projects can't get built without the right workers, but a National League of Cities analysis shows how hiring for infrastructure jobs can be time consuming compared to other fields. NLC also offers tips for how governments can help to ease the problem.

‘Do Not Drink the Water,’ Mississippi Governor Tells Jackson Area’s 250,000 Residents

“The city cannot produce enough water to fight fires, to flush toilets and to meet other critical needs,” Gov. Tate Reeves said.

‘Really Disappointing’: For Housing Advocates, Democrats’ New Spending Law Is a Major Letdown

After $150 billion for affordable housing was stripped from the legislation, they’re looking for alternatives to secure funding they say is urgently needed to address rising rents and home prices.

As Colorado River Dries, US Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water Crisis

The megadrought gripping the western states is only part of the problem. Alternative sources of water are also imperiled, and the nation’s food along with it.

Feds Launch Website to Push Out Information on CHIPS Act Funding

Also on Thursday, President Biden signed an executive order laying out priorities for implementing the bipartisan semiconductor measure.

How Cities Can Learn From Today’s Climate Crises to Prepare for Tomorrow

Dallas, which last week was hit with nearly 15 inches of rain that turned roads into rivers and poured into homes, is only the latest flood disaster.

The US Needs Millions More Apartment Homes. What Can Localities Do to Help Boost Supply?

Building industry officials say more flexible local zoning and land use regulations could be key to increasing the number of apartments. Some cities and counties are doing those things, but the situation is complex.

Could Investments in Community Broadband Bridge the Digital Divide?

COMMENTARY | These locally owned and operated broadband networks can bring down prices, expand coverage and increase competition.

How Federal Infrastructure Funds Can Build More Accessible Transit Systems

COMMENTARY | By taking significant steps towards increasing accessibility, public transit systems will better incorporate equity and social mobility into their operations.

New Semiconductor Law Aims to Create ‘Silicon Valleys’ Across US

$10 billion in funding will go to support 20 research hubs with a third of them set to be in small or rural communities.

Hit by Wet Weather and Mudslides, a City Seeks New Ways to Adapt

COMMENTARY | A recent pilot program in Pittsburgh shows promise as a model for how the city and surrounding region can develop solutions to climate hazards.

Passenger Rail Projects in 8 States to Receive $233M in Federal Grants

The Transportation Department also says it plans to open the grant-making process this fall for $7.2 billion in passenger rail funding available under the infrastructure law.

Can Uber-like Public Transit Replace Old-fashioned Buses?

Transit agencies are turning to on-demand, shared-ride services to reach underserved communities.

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