Infrastructure

Feds Open More Funding for Diesel School Bus Phase-out

The decision comes as demand far surpassed funding available this year for an initiative that aims to transition school buses to electric models and other options with lower emissions.

Manchin Drops Push to Overhaul Energy Infrastructure Permitting

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wanted to speed environmental approvals for projects like power plants and pipelines. But he couldn’t muster the votes to tie his proposal to legislation needed to keep the federal government open.

Daytime Electric Vehicle Charging at Work Could Cut Costs

COMMENTARY | "With less home charging and more daytime charging, the western U.S. would need less generating capacity and storage," says one of the authors of a new study.

How Manchin’s Permitting Plan Would Restrict State Power

The senator’s proposal seeks to codify into law Trump-era rules narrowing how states can evaluate projects like gas pipelines and power plants under the Clean Water Act.

Preventing the Next Jackson-Like Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | There’s federal funding available to make badly needed water infrastructure upgrades in communities of color harmed by years of disinvestment. But the onus is on state lawmakers to direct the money to places that need it most.

The Emerging Concerns Over the Infrastructure Law Rollout

State and local leaders are happy to have the money. But state transportation officials are flagging issues they’re worried about, as Republican lawmakers chafe over Biden administration rules.

Why the Permitting Reform Debate Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon

Even if Sen. Joe Manchin succeeds in getting his proposed overhaul of environmental regulations for infrastructure attached to a critical spending bill, Republicans plan to push for further changes, including restoring Trump-era policies.

Deaths From Traffic Crashes Finally Show Signs of Slowing Down

Fatalities on U.S. roadways fell in early 2022 for the first time in almost two years.

How State Laws Pose a Roadblock for One of Biden’s Infrastructure Goals

Many states have rules that favor drivers and highway projects despite pushes for alternative transportation, according to a new report.

Feds Prepare to Open New $500M Program for Transportation Tech

States and localities are among those eligible for the grants, which are aimed at funding projects focused on innovations like autonomous vehicles and roadside sensors.

Electric Vehicle Charger Plans in 35 States Approved by White House

It's a key step in unlocking $5 billion available for installing thousands of charging stations on highways around the country.

Clash Over Infrastructure Permitting Heats Up on Capitol Hill

Despite objections from fellow Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will press ahead with a deal to attach an overhaul of energy project permitting to a must-pass spending bill. Meanwhile, Republicans have a plan of their own.

These Red States Don’t Want Climate Targets—But They Do Want Green Jobs

How Georgia and other Republican-led states are trying to benefit from the clean manufacturing boom.

Against Federal Guidance, States Plan to Expand Highways

A new report says money from the infrastructure package could be funneled to “highway boondoggles.”

Heat Waves and Flooding are Battering Electricity and Water Systems

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

How Localities in One Midwest State are Spending New Federal Funds

Local leaders shared work they have underway using pandemic aid and infrastructure dollars during a White House visit.

Cybersecurity Grants Are Coming. Are You Ready?

COMMENTARY | Federal grants worth $1 billion could position state and local governments to harden their networks and protect themselves from cyber threats. Here’s what to keep in mind.

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.

How One City Delivers Broadband to Homes and Businesses at No Cost to Municipality

The partnership gives SiFi Networks right-of-way access to install fiber for its open access network in the Texas town—and even pays the city a licensing fee.

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.