Infrastructure

After Dam Failures in Michigan, Flooding Forces Thousands From Homes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Study of mask effectiveness using hamsters in cages finds masks effective .... California lays out criteria for sports reopening ... Mississippi hires new corrections chief from Louisiana.

A Ranking of City Park Systems—While Parks Are More Important Than Ever

The national index ranks large city park systems on a number of metrics, including how many residents can walk to the nearest one.

Clean Energy Has Taken a Hit. Will It Rebound?

Leaders are steadfast about clean energy goals amid the downturn.

D.C.'s Transit System Won't Fully Restart Service Until Next Spring

A phased recovery plan for the Metro system in the Washington, D.C. area doesn't envision a quick return to normal levels of service. Across the country, transit agencies are figuring out how to balance safety and service.

Under Social Distancing, Rural Regions Push For More Broadband

More than a fifth of Americans in rural areas lack broadband.

Air Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long Time

COMMENTARY | Flying used to be unpleasant. But scarcity, low demand, and public-health risks could make it unbearable.

Public Transit Systems Adapt to Plummeting Ridership

Cities are struggling with concerns about safety and low ridership. In some places, officials are taking advantage of the situation to finish long awaited transportation projects.

The Cost of an Election Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

A new report lays out some of the costs associated with actions states are taking to protect voters and poll workers from the spread of the virus.

Rural, Intercity Bus Companies Hit Hard by Pandemic

Ninety percent of small intercity bus companies have closed.

Transit Agencies' Challenge Is to Balance Service with Safety

From distributing face masks to offering free rides, transit agencies have adopted different approaches to protecting workers and passengers. But union leaders say more needs to be done to keep workers safe.

‘Now Is the Time to Beg’: City Officials Plead with Residents to Stop Flushing Toilet Paper Alternatives

The coronavirus-induced toilet paper shortage is causing people to resort to creative alternatives. These can prove disastrous for sewer systems.

Cleaning Up Paper Recycling in South Florida

Waste Management reversed its decision to cut mixed paper recycling in 14 Broward County municipalities, but says reduced contamination is needed.

Local Housing Authorities Give Themselves Perfect Scores. Renters Disagree.

Nine in 10 local housing authorities say they’re doing well at helping the poor find housing in nice areas. But those who use Section 8 vouchers say the process is “hell.”

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

It's complicated for rural areas to recover from a coal plant closure — even with help.

Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband

A new report by the National Association of Counties highlights slow internet connectivity speeds experienced acutely in small, rural counties.

A State Senator Had Thousands of Dollars in Ticket Debt. Now She’s Fighting to Make Sure Others Won’t.

A Q&A with Illinois state Sen. Celina Villanueva, who introduced a bill to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid red-light and speed camera tickets.

Lawmakers Push to Restore Waterway, Coastal Storm Assessment Funds

The Trump administration has proposed significant reductions to a program that funds cleanup in the Chesapeake Bay and stopped funding studies that seek to address threats posed by coastal storm-related flooding.

Ensuring State Broadband Grants Go the Extra Mile

From grant matching to community engagement teams, officials who oversee state broadband grants say it’s important to require communities and companies that receive public funding to meet certain benchmarks.

Victims of NIMBYism, Unite

COMMENTARY | Solving the housing crisis means organizing everyone who suffers when communities block the construction of new apartments.