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Daniel C. Vock

Infrastructure

Safety Group Offers Warnings on Emerging Transportation Tech

They’re urging state and local government leaders to prepare for new types of vehicles and to look beyond industry hype as they design policies to reduce crashes.

Infrastructure

Feds Launch $1B Initiative to Rework Infrastructure That Cut Apart Cities

The Biden administration says places that prioritize community outreach as they design project proposals will have an advantage over others.

Finance

Instead of Relief at the Pump, California Moves to Put Cash in Pockets

State leaders are opting for direct payments up to $1,050, rather than a gas tax suspension as they look to provide residents a break from skyrocketing prices.

Management

Infrastructure Tops Mayors’ Concerns for 2nd Year

The National League of Cities’ analysis of local leaders’ speeches finds renewed interest in maintenance and construction projects, and worries about how they will handle billions in new federal dollars.

Infrastructure

The States Shifting Road Safety Dollars Away From Safety Programs

Some in Congress are asking why states are redirecting the federal money at a time when crashes and highway deaths are on the rise.

Infrastructure

Why It's So Hard to Convince the Public on Transportation Projects

Drivers and engineers often hold very different attitudes on transportation that directly contradict those of transportation planners, new research shows.

Finance

Booming State Budget Growth is Headed for a Slowdown

Governors are calling for a 4.2% increase in general fund spending, compared to 13.6% this year, according to a new report.

Management

The States That Passed Laws This Year to Curb LGBTQ Rights

There’s been a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation, much of it directed at transgender youth. “Our community has been under attack,” says one advocate.

Infrastructure

City Official: State Transportation Agencies Block Street Safety Progress

The Idaho city council president told congressional lawmakers that state policies are designed to make sure vehicles go fast. She and others offered local solutions to make roads safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Infrastructure

Work Zones Cause Crashes—but Only Sometimes

Researchers found that there are more vehicle accidents in work zones on busy roads, among other things.

Infrastructure

Driverless Taxis Hit the Streets

California regulators gave Cruise the go-ahead to charge passengers to ride through San Francisco in its autonomous vehicles, but public safety skepticism remains.

Infrastructure

Two States Cancel Highway Expansions After Years of Planning

Advocates in favor of scrapping highway projects hope that increased public pressure and scrutiny from the Biden administration will halt others.

Infrastructure

Feds Unveil $368M in Grants for Dozens of Rail Projects

The money will go towards upgrades on both freight and passenger lines in 32 states.

Infrastructure

Battle Over Status of Uber and Lyft Drivers Returns to the Ballot Box

Massachusetts voters will decide if the drivers are treated as employees or contractors. It’s the latest dispute to play out between labor advocates and the ride-booking giants.

Infrastructure

A Bike Advocate Mayor on a Mission to Create ‘People-oriented’ Streets

Emeryville, California Mayor John Bauters, who has gained notice for his punchy tweets about cycling and pedestrian issues, explains his broader vision for transforming the city.

Public Safety

Patchwork of State Gun Laws Unlikely to Change Even After Massacre at Texas School

The shooting left 19 students and two educators dead, renewing calls for stricter gun laws. But the issue has been at a standstill for years in Congress amid Republican opposition and states remain divided.

Infrastructure

As Feds Update Auto Safety Standards, City Officials Want a Say

They’re speaking up about vehicle features and testing they’d like to see at a time when local governments are dealing with rising crashes on their streets.

Infrastructure

The Case for Going Big With Infrastructure Spending

One mayor sees a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” with the wave of public works dollars, but he’s also concerned ambitious projects could get passed over.

Public Safety

With Complaints Rising, Transit Agencies Search for Alternatives to Police

As they look to win back riders lost during the pandemic, bus and subway operators are looking beyond traditional law enforcement to address their concerns.

Infrastructure

US Traffic Deaths Hit Highest Mark in Over 15 Years

Federal estimates show the incidents claimed 43,000 lives in 2021. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg warns of a safety “crisis” on the nation’s roadways.