Infrastructure

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.

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.

Aging Hospitals Aren’t Ready for the Technology Revolution

COMMENTARY | The political discourse around infrastructure investment has all but ignored the deteriorating state of U.S. hospitals.

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?

Trucks vs. Bridges: Dangerous and Costly

One bridge in New York state was hit 130 times in a decade.

Swim Classes for Truck Drivers? Utilities Adapt to Climate Change, Flooding Threats

Water and sewer utilities are on the front lines as local governments grapple with severe weather, natural disasters and other climate-related fallout.

A Town Moves Forward After Two 'Thousand-Year' Storms

After two historic floods in less than two years, officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, are putting their hopes in a long-term rebuilding plan that officials say aims to balance recovery and resiliency with historic preservation.

Ranking States Based on ‘Bike Friendliness’ Amid an Uptick in Serious Crashes

"It’s the responsibility of state DOTs to take action to make it safer for people biking," says the author of a new report.

In a Booming State, Lawmakers Face a Looming Transportation Cut

“My focus is going to be about doing the best job of spreading the pain,” said one Washington state lawmaker, describing what lies ahead in an upcoming legislative session.

The Future of the Streetlight Might Be in the Past

A new competition from the L.A. mayor’s office invites designers to reimagine the rich history of civic illumination and create next-generation streetlights.

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With West Coast States Blocking Coal Export Projects, Proponents Keep Pushing

Environmental and public health concerns have doomed some proposals. But the volatile economics of sending coal overseas calls into question how much it can help struggling mines.

Federal Recommendation for State Bike Helmet Laws Elicits Pushback

Cycling advocates and some city officials are bristling at the idea of requiring people to don helmets when they ride.

Kansas City Votes to Remove Martin Luther King Jr’s Name from Historic Street

Residents voted overwhelmingly to restore MLK Jr. Boulevard back to its original name, The Paseo.

A City Votes on Whether to Undo Naming of MLK Jr. Blvd

Months after Kansas City lawmakers voted to rename a historic boulevard for Dr. Martin Luther King, voters will decide whether to restore the roadway’s original name.

States Fail to Step Up for Natural Gas Storage Safety Program

Following a 2015 leak in California, a federal agency took on new responsibilities for inspecting the natural gas sites, but a watchdog says that fewer states than expected are helping.

Reducing Short Car Trips Could Provide Big Benefits, Trail Group Says

A new study tries to put a dollar value on what it would mean if more Americans traveled distances in the one to five mile range by foot or bicycle.

Beyond Sticker Shock: Experts Urge Congress to Rethink Infrastructure Priorities

Policy experts say lawmakers should think more broadly about infrastructure goals rather than just focusing on a dollar amount to be spent.

A Loan Fund Aims to Spur Development Along a Midwest Commuter Rail Line

Banks in Northwest Indiana have pledged $25 million for the program, which will target a corridor outside of Chicago.