Infrastructure

Americans Are Spending Billions on Bad Highway Expansions

PIRG’s annual list of “highway boondoggles” includes nine transportation projects that will cost a total of $25 billion while driving up emissions.

These Are the Places Where Walking Is a Transportation Option

A new report ranks cities’ “walkability,” naming some familiar urban centers as the best for living without a car. But a few surprising cities are seeing real improvements.

A High Stakes Debate Over an Environmental Permitting Law That Empowers States

States have blocked pipelines and coal facilities using the process. President Trump and some Republicans are pushing to revamp it.

The Cost of That Toll? Depends on Your E-ZPass

The cost of your highway tolls depends on if you bought your electronic pass in-state or out.

Years Later, the Recession’s Sting is Still Tough to Shake for Many States

New research takes a look at the lingering mark the downturn left on state budgets.

Protected Bike Lanes Are Safer for Drivers, Too

A comprehensive study of crash and street design data from 12 cities finds that roads with protected bike lanes make both cycling and driving safer.

Planting a Habitat for Pollinators on City Streets

A pollinator protection task force in Madison, Wisconsin led to a median-planting project designed to provide a friendly environment for bees and butterflies.

$831 Million Project to Repel Invasive Fish From Great Lakes Gets Army Corps Greenlight

One advocate describes a “race against time” to block Asian carp, which pose a threat to native wildlife.

What We Fight About When We Fight About Parking

The urban economist Donald Shoup collects reports of violence that erupts over parking spaces. To him, disputes between drivers are signs of a bigger problem.

Congress Must Give States The Tools To Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

COMMENTARY | The federal government hurt state and local governments’ ability to invest in our failing infrastructure last year; now they have a chance to correct that mistake.

Infrastructure Talks Between Trump and Democrats Crumble

The two sides had planned to sit down Wednesday to talk about a possible $2 trillion package.

America’s First Greenbelt May Be in Jeopardy

Adopted in the 1950s to protect the city’s iconic horse farms, the urban growth boundary of Lexington, Kentucky, no longer seems unassailable.

Federal Infrastructure Funding is Good, but Local Governments Want Flexibility Too

Accessing federal funds for infrastructure projects is much too difficult, county leaders say. With reauthorization of the FAST Act on the table, they want a bigger say in how money can be spent.

Want Better Education in Rural America? Start with Broadband

In all 50 states, urban access to broadband outpaces rural access, and in all but three states, urban areas surpass rural ones in educational attainment.

Roads Suffer When States Focus on Expansion Over Repair, Report Says

If federal leaders do work out a deal on a $2 trillion infrastructure spending package, advocacy groups say a lot of the money should go toward road repairs, rather than new highway construction.

Wisconsin Legislators Push to Make Cash Tips Tax-Free

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Protesters disrupt hearing over Texas bill meant to prevent protests … New Orleans passes measure to clear homeless camps … Nebraska moves to ban shackling of pregnant women in prison.

‘Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality

A new analysis finds that liberalizing zoning rules and building more won’t solve the urban affordability crisis, and could exacerbate it.

The Technology That Could Transform Congestion Pricing

COMMENTARY | As cities like New York move ahead with plans to charge motorists to enter certain urban areas, we need to think about the best ways to manage road tolling.

Infrastructure Week Became a Joke. Now It’s for Real.

A deal with the Democrats may now be Trump’s best chance for a legislative win ahead of 2020.