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.

Infrastructure ‘bootcamps’ help smaller cities win federal grants

The Local Infrastructure Hub has helped participating cities win millions of dollars to address pressing needs in transportation, climate, flood mitigation, rails, broadband and more.

Easier said than done: Tips for community relocation amid a changing climate

As eroding coasts and raging wildfires drive people from their homes, a new report offers guidance for community relocation programs.

The cost of freeing drinking water from ‘forever chemicals’

The EPA is set to limit PFAS in drinking water to barely detectable levels. Can water utilities meet the standard?

It’s easy to lose sight of the root cause of the housing crisis

It’s not big investors, luxury developers or federal mortgage programs that are most responsible for driving up housing costs.

How to prevent America’s aging buildings from collapsing – 4 high-profile disasters send a warning

Policies vary by state, but there are currently few widespread mandated rules for regular, structural inspections of entire existing buildings.

Governors propose spending billions on overdue infrastructure projects

In State of the State addresses this week, several governors said they would prioritize ambitious and much needed infrastructure projects. Plus, more news to use from around the country in this week's State and Local Roundup.

City officials plead for more say in how AVs are deployed

Autonomous vehicle companies often cut out city transportation agencies with state laws that preempt local regulations. City leaders say that “handcuffs” them as they try to manage traffic and curb space.

Biden administration announces $623 million in EV charging grants for state and local agencies

The grants, which come as part of the 2021 infrastructure law, are intended to ensure chargers are built in underserved or remote communities.

Local transit agencies mimicking Uber and Lyft are seeing big ridership gains

Connect is so popular that it’s having trouble keeping up with demand, even as the Minnesota legislature allocated over $9 million last year to build out Connect and similar systems statewide.

Berkeley’s gas ban is all but dead. What does that mean for other cities?

Despite another defeat in court, experts say cities still have plenty of options for electrifying buildings.

GOP lawsuit over CO2 rules attacks Biden administration for overreach, pushes climate denial

Joined by 21 states, the complaint falsely claims there is “no consensus” on the causes of climate change. One environmental advocate said the argument is “like suing NASA for saying the world is round.”

States warn of ‘Band-Aids and duct tape’ for road maintenance

Lawmakers seek new funding sources as gas tax revenues begin a predicted decline.

Innovative water treatment tech could help remove forever chemicals

The Tampa Water Department is exploring suspended ion exchange technology as a way to address PFAS contamination to meet new federal standards.

Why 2023 emerged as a banner year for passenger rail

Many efforts that had been in the works for years started paying off this year, but passenger rail advocates hope even better things are on the way.

Transportation must adapt to an aging population and a changing climate

COMMENTARY | State and local leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver mobility solutions that work better for everyone.

Feds tout pedestrian, cyclist safety measures in new road design rules

The Federal Highway Administration released long-awaited updates to its manual for traffic signs and road design. The newest edition comes as the country is in the throes of a major upswing in roadway deaths.

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