Infrastructure

Vast Majority of Mayors Believe Their Cities Are Too Car-Oriented, Survey Finds

But the city leaders also voice skepticism of cutting back on public parking or lowering speed limits.

New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’

Drivers with ice and snow on their car risk fines in some states.

Bike Share Programs Are On the Rise, Yet the Gender Gap Persists

COMMENTARY | Bike sharing was once proposed as a solution to narrow the cycling gender gap—but it may be further widening this gap.

FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

The FBI changed its policy to allow agents to inform both state and local election officials when election systems are breached.

They Were Promised Broadband and High-Tech Jobs. They’re Still Waiting.

Kentucky’s plan to bring broadband to remote parts of the state has sputtered and its future looks increasingly bleak. State leaders told rural residents it would create better business opportunities. But instead, they keep getting left behind.

Why Cutting Car and Truck Emissions Is So Hard

Transportation produces 29% of U.S. carbon emissions.

Feds Should Take Steps to Help Coordinate Rural Transit Service, Watchdog says

The Government Accountability Office says U.S. DOT lacks an adequate strategy for communicating and sharing information about rural transit coordination opportunities and best practices.

Electric Cars Will Challenge State Power Grids

The key is the time of day drivers charge their cars.

AGs Argue Federal Railroad Law Shouldn’t Override State Permitting Power

Six Democratic attorneys general weighed in on a legal dispute about Washington state’s denial of environmental permits for a coal export facility.

What Happens When Community College Is Made Free

COMMENTARY | Free community college would increase the number of people graduating with associate degrees, but it would also likely decrease the number of people completing bachelor’s degrees.

Oil and Gas Group Bristles at Prospect of Fracking Ban

Some Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination have voiced support for such a policy.

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America’s Coal Consumption Entered Free Fall in 2019

Coal fell 18 percent last year, the largest drop ever recorded. But carbon emissions across the rest of the economy barely budged.

States Seek to Keep Climate Change Lawsuit Out of Federal Court

Thirteen states filed a brief this month hoping to keep a Rhode Island lawsuit against oil and gas companies in state rather than federal court.

To Save the Redwoods, Scientists Debate Burning and Logging

Some scientists question whether controlled burns and logging are really the best way to preserve California’s redwoods.

Got an Electric Car? Great! Where Do You Plug It In?

In some states, charging stations are hard to find.

Here Come the Electrics. Could E-Bikes Be the Electric Revolution Cities Need?

Electric bikes are poised to take off, even outpacing electric car adoption. But, as with all efforts to promote alternatives to driving, city leaders would need to make infrastructure changes.

The Water Safety Conundrum

Water infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. When will federal, state and local officials come up with the money to fix it?

Rising Sun: Solar Energy Growing Across the Country

COMMENTARY | Solar energy is taking off across the country, including in places that aren't obvious homes for alternative energy, as state and local governments see its benefits.

Why Some Hawaiians Are Fighting a Massive Flood-Control Project

A flood could devastate the tourist zone of Waikīkī in Honolulu, but a federal plan to fortify the Ala Wai Canal has met with strong local resistance.

The Downtown Highway That Could Drive Hartford’s Comeback

The Connecticut capital has been using zoning and transit reforms to stage a downtown recovery. But there’s one big thing in the way: an aging interstate.