The Promise and Pitfalls of Tearing Down an Urban Freeway

There’s growing interest and new federal money for removing highways running through city neighborhoods. But when it comes to reviving communities, what replaces the roads may matter just as much as demolishing them.

Pedestrian Deaths Were Up 17% in the First Half of 2021

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association provides the latest evidence of disturbing traffic safety patterns across the U.S. since the pandemic began.

How States and Localities Can Deliver Results With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds

COMMENTARY | The billions in infrastructure dollars flowing to governments must work for residents of all backgrounds and political affiliations. Oklahoma City’s approach may hold the key to success.

A Top Senate Democrat Signals Support for Billions More in Water Quality Grants for States

But Republican opposition to Biden’s energy policies could thwart the president's hope for a significant EPA funding boost.

How Open Bus Data Makes Transit Schedules More Reliable

Researchers used location and speed data from two Seattle-area transit networks to create a dashboard that shows the average bus speed between stops, allowing officials to pinpoint slowdowns.

Is Federal Overreach ‘Creeping’ Into New Water Infrastructure Guidance?

The top Republican on a Senate subcommittee is expressing concerns about EPA's rules for how states use federal drinking water and wastewater funds, while others are calling for Congress to ease the threat of taking back money from states.

Getting Unsolicited Infrastructure Bids? Here’s What to Look Out For

COMMENTARY | With $1.2 trillion in infrastructure money flowing from Washington, D.C., state and local governments should evaluate their processes for selecting and approving new projects.

There’s Growing Urgency for Passenger Rail Projects to Move at High Speed

With billions in new federal funding available, advocates see a narrow window to deliver new lines, faster trains and other ambitious upgrades. But there are plenty of difficulties that could throw their plans off the tracks.

Why States Want Changes to Programs Providing Billions in Water Funds

As the infrastructure law unleashes a wave of federal cash for water system upgrades, officials are pressing for tweaks in how governments can access and spend the money.

The Big Local Transit Projects the Biden Administration Wants to Fund

The president’s new budget proposal calls for directing hundreds of millions of dollars in construction grants to bus and rail improvements across six states.

Soaring Road Construction Costs Could Nix Some State and Local Projects

Highway and street materials have increased 21% since last year due to hikes in petroleum-based and other products and truck and driver shortages.

How the Biden Administration is Trying to Speed Up Funding for Big Infrastructure Projects

States and localities will be able to apply for three major infrastructure grant programs totaling $2.9 billion through a simplified process using one application.

Senate Takes Step To Limit Phone Rates For Inmates

A measure passed unanimously by a committee would require the Federal Communications Commission to set “just and reasonable” prices for calls from jails and prisons. States and localities often collect revenue from the fees.

After Months of Talk, States Move to Suspend Gas Taxes

A Maryland plan is close to passing. But proposed gas tax holidays there and in other states could prove to be largely symbolic providing only minor relief at the pump.

Senate Lawmakers Want to Overhaul How Wastewater Funds are Divided

There's general bipartisan agreement on the need for changes, but the specifics get complicated. Whether to send more money to growing states poses one stumbling block.

Federal Highway Chief Urges Cities to Go After State Infrastructure Money

Stephanie Pollack said localities would miss out on major funding opportunities if they only pursue federal grants under the new infrastructure law.

Record Year Expected for Apartment Construction

Around 426,000 units are set to be completed in 2022, the highest volume for the U.S. apartment market in at least 40 years, one report shows.

Massive Spending Bill Clears Senate, Promising to Unlock Infrastructure Funds for States and Localities

The $1.5 trillion legislation would keep the federal government funded through September. It does not include provisions to grant more flexibility with state and local American Rescue Plan spending. Congress backed off proposed cuts to state aid—for now.

EPA Grants California the Power to Regulate Vehicle Pollution—Again

The move boosts California’s efforts to end the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the state, while clearing up legal questions raised by the Trump administration.

How States Can Streamline Broadband Grant Administration

A new playbook aims to help states understand their broadband needs, determine which projects deserve priority and design and run a successful grant program.

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