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  • U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford making a statement at a Congressional subcommittee hearing.
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    (2024). "Revenue, Ridership, and Post-Pandemic Lessons in Public Transit" [Video]. Retrieved from T&I Committee Republicans/YouTube.
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    Public transit in the post-pandemic world: Views diverge at congressional hearing

    Some described transit as “essential” and needing stronger federal support, while others focused on the impact of higher costs and reduced ridership.

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    4 US cities driven by data

    Artificial intelligence presents new opportunities for how cities can use data, said Rochelle Haynes, managing director of the What Works Cities Certification program.

  • A safety driver monitors a self-driving Kodiak tractor-trailer navigate a turning ramp of a highway.
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    ‘A totally different world’: Autonomous trucks prepare to go driverless in Texas

    Heavy-duty, driverless AVs could hit the state’s roads this year. The companies operating the vehicles say safety is a priority, but some critics are still concerned.

  • People line up to board a double-decker Megabus.
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    Megabus owner Coach USA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The company has struggled to recover from the plummeting ridership and driver shortages sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Congressional Democrats call for ‘cost-effective’ flood resilience strategies

    Flooding costs the U.S. up to $496 billion a year, says a new analysis by Democrats on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee.

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    Local opposition to renewable energy projects ‘widespread and growing’: Columbia University report

    The report tracks 395 local restrictions on renewable energy development, with 55 of those emerging in the last year.

  • Six construction workers stand on rebar along a viaduct.
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    Building high-speed rail is ‘not for the faint-hearted.’ Here’s how to get started.

    A new document from the U.S. High-Speed Rail Coalition outlines the steps advocates should follow in the early stages of planning a high-speed rail line.

  • A person wearing a hooded jacket and sneakers applies white paint to the side of a building spraypainted with red and blue letters
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    AI-powered cameras to sweep streets for code violations in a California city

    Overgrown lawns, improper parking, peeling paint, boarded windows and graffiti were some of the violations the cameras identified in a five-day pilot in Stockton earlier this year.

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams fields questions during a press conference.
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    NYC approves second set of zoning changes

    The changes aim to boost commercial corridors, promote life sciences activity and bolster manufacturing in the city. One ends a decades-old rule that barred certain commercial building uses.

  • People holding signs in an ornate building. The largest sign reads, "Gov Hochul don't defund the subway."
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    Transit agency faces $15B funding gap after NYC congestion pricing reversal

    “We’re going to fight like hell to make sure we don’t have to reduce service,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair and CEO Janno Lieber said.

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    Lathan Goumas | Virginia Sea Grant. (2023). "VASG Commonwealth Fellow Clay Ferguson" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Virginia Sea Grant.
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    9 climate resilience job training programs to launch with $60M from NOAA

    They will train workers for jobs in conservation, renewable energy, urban agriculture, green infrastructure, emergency preparedness and more, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said.

  • A Zoox robotaxi drives on a public road
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    Amazon’s Zoox expands robotaxi testing to Austin, Miami

    The company will use retrofitted Toyota Highlanders with safety drivers instead of its autonomous robotaxi to gather "valuable insights and feedback."

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    Uber loses gig worker court decision

    The battle over whether gig workers are independent contractors continues. A separate court case will decide the legality of a Lyft- and Uber-backed ballot measure in California that would define them as such.

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    Chicago tackles digital divide with $8M parks initiative

    Sixty parks will be outfitted with new infrastructure, city officials announced. The effort comes on the heels of the termination of the federal Affordable Connectivity Program.

  • A man wearing a winter coat and scarf stands in front of a garbage truck with the words "100% Electric" printed on the side.
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    9 senators call for EPA funding to address landfill methane

    They want more than $6.7 million to go to states for advanced methane detection technology and $5 million for local governments to develop methane reductions plans at municipally owned landfills. 

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    Tax on gas-powered large buildings will go to voters in Berkeley, California

    A 2023 court decision that struck down Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on gas hookups in new construction is part of what led to the ballot measure, an organizer said. 

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    5 states, DC get $45M to finance energy efficiency retrofits

    The revolving loan funds established with the federal awards can unlock millions in private capital for energy efficiency improvements, says the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • The backs of three people sitting at an overlook over a city and mountains at sunset
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    Extreme heat watch: Will cities be ready for summer 2024?

    This year could be even hotter than last year’s record-breaker, some scientists say. Cities are using the winter to prepare.

  • A person wearing a tee shirt, sneakers and shorts walks out of a public toilet.
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    Finding public bathrooms in New York City just got easier

    The city this week unveiled a Google Maps layer showing the locations of its public restrooms. 

  • U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm holds a news conference at the Department of Energy headquarters to announce a breakthrough in fusion research on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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    DOE releases zero-emissions building definition, part 1

    The definition will bring clarity to the public and private sectors, supporting their efforts to decarbonize buildings and ramp up clean energy, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

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    Deep Dive

    The heat is on. Contractors say they’re ready.

    Commercial construction firms aren’t waiting on OSHA’s much-anticipated heat standard to protect their workers.

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    NY governor stops Manhattan congestion pricing plan ‘indefinitely’

    The plan to help fund the transit authority by charging drivers entering Manhattan’s central business district faced fierce opposition from labor unions, taxi drivers and commuters.

  • A person in a blue shirt and black pants and shoes wears a surgical face mask and walks past a window. In the window, a sign reads "Retail for Lease."
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    5 US cities prime for office-to-residential conversions

    An Urban Institute analysis names the cities that could benefit most from adaptive reuse projects based on office real estate markets and housing supply needs.

  • A worker in a hard hat and yellow vest lays a large pipe in the ground. On the side of the pipe, the word "geothermal" is written three times.
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    Geothermal system is a US first

    The networked, utility-owned system in the pilot could replace fossil fuel for heating and cooling across entire neighborhoods.

  • A main street in Vermont is flooded with one person wading through the water.
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    Vermont sends climate change tab to fossil fuel companies

    Although the governor allowed the bill to become law, he expressed misgivings about the state's ability to hold oil and gas companies financially accountable for climate change damages.