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Daniel C. Vock

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: State DOTs Join In Criticism of Biden Administration Plan for Road Funds

The influential American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials told the federal government it should be “supporting states” rather than creating new processes to manage them.

Management

What to Watch For in State Legislatures in 2022

State legislative sessions in election years can sometimes be sleepy affairs, but not this year. Here are the big issues they'll be addressing.

Infrastructure

GOP Governors Resist Biden’s Attempts to Restrict Infrastructure Spending

They’re cautioning the White House against pushing “a social agenda” under the public works law.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: $6B Federal Bridge Funding Boost Arrives for Small Localities

With thousands of city and county bridges in “poor condition,” local leaders say “It’s about time.”

Management

Traffic Fines Lead to Potential 'Misaligned Fiscal Incentives'

More than 40 states use money generated from speeding tickets for criminal justice and other services, but even minor adjustments to shore up local budgets can hit individuals hard, according to a new report.

Management

Legislators Return to Session No Longer Able to Use Shortcut for Passing Bills

In a victory for government reform groups, Hawaii state lawmakers cannot employ “gut-and-replace” amendments to speed along bills.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: White House Urges States to Tap Infrastructure Czars

In some states, leaders have already selected point people to help guide spending with billions in new, federal infrastructure dollars.

Infrastructure

A Missing Piece With State Efforts to Test Drive Mileage Taxes

A federal watchdog questions why pilot programs for an alternative to the gas tax haven't been evaluated on whether they could be expanded nationwide.

Public Safety

Court Orders 9,000 Crosswalk Upgrades for Blind Pedestrians

A federal court directed New York City to improve the intersections in the next decade to bring them in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: Adding E-bikes to Municipal Fleets

In Minneapolis, a city agency purchased four electric-assist bikes to help employees get around on the job. Departments in other cities have also been experimenting with the bikes.

Public Safety

Wintery Conditions Leave Thousands of Motorists Trapped on Highway For a Day

Drivers—including one U.S. senator—found themselves trapped in their cars in Virginia, some for more than 24 hours. But no deaths or injuries have been reported.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: Feds Stake Out Priorities for Highway Dollars

The Biden administration is moving to put its stamp on road funding that's going to states under the new infrastructure law.

Infrastructure

Biden Adopts Trump’s Drinking Water Rules But Promises Improvements

The administration has plans for further updates aimed at getting lead service lines replaced nationwide.

Infrastructure

Don’t Forget Driver Behavior, Highway Safety Advocates Plead

A prominent group of state road safety officials urged fellow advocates to focus on changing driver behavior—not just improving infrastructure—to fight a recent surge in traffic deaths.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: Governors Try to Unclog the Supply Chain

But are the proposals from the Republican state leaders all about politics? Or can they really help improve the flow of goods?

Infrastructure

50+ Utilities Join Forces to Build Out US Electric Vehicle Charging Networks

Electric companies and the Tennessee Valley Authority want fast-charging ports available to EV drivers along major roadways by 2023.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: Proposals Emerge Calling For Gas Tax Cuts

Florida's governor is backing the idea of suspending his state's gas tax for six months.

Infrastructure

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.

Infrastructure

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.

Infrastructure

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.