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    $607M in US DOT grants available for reconnecting communities

    This will be the final round of grants under the Biden administration's pilot program to restore neighborhoods split by highways and other transportation infrastructure.

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    NYC bets big on porous pavement with $32M flood-control project

    It's the city's first large-scale implementation of the approach after years of testing different porous pavement products.

  • Penn Station Partners, Amtrak’s redevelopment group, placed the project on hold
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    Construction project abandonments surge

    Developers are also delaying jobs, including Amtrak’s $175 million redevelopment of Baltimore’s Penn Station.

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    Bike-sharing’s future in Houston is uncertain after system shutdown

    The local transit agency was supposed to build a new bike-sharing system before the city’s old one shut down. It didn't, and nobody knows what will happen next.

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    House GOP looks at transportation regulations in light of Chevron doctrine ruling

    Chairs of the Transportation and Infrastructure and House Oversight and Accountability committees asked three Cabinet leaders to compile information dating back to Jan. 20, 2021.

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    NYC delivery worker earnings up 22%

    The city says workers’ earnings shot up after it began enforcing its new $17.96 per hour app-based delivery wage. DoorDash, however, called the city’s report “misleading and blatantly biased.”

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    3 strategies to decarbonize transportation: US DOT report

    To meet U.S. greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, the Transportation Department says the U.S. must reduce transportation emissions to near zero.

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    Seattle encourages office-to-residential conversions with new law

    The city's mayor said Seattle needs to take advantage of every tool available to fend off a housing shortage as downtown buildings sit empty.

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    FEMA tightens flood resilience rules for federally funded infrastructure

    Projects like schools, fire and police stations, sewers, roads and bridges will be affected by the new Federal Emergency Management Agency policy. 

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    US high-speed rail projects: The latest news

    The latest update comes from California, where the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority signed labor agreements for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed high-speed rail line.

    Updated July 12, 2024
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    Proposed OSHA heat rule leaves waste industry with operational questions

    Waste and recycling groups say the proposed standard raises practical questions of how to change schedules and other operations to better protect workers from the heat. 

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    Boston was the first major city to pair fair housing with zoning. How’s it going?

    Community input was key to the policy’s passage but should be a larger part of the review process it created, advocates say. 

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    What US transit agencies worry most about right now

    Ridership, traffic congestion, finances, safety and transitioning bus fleets to cleaner fuels were were top of mind for transit agency leaders in a Keolis survey released today.

  • At ShotSpotter's Incident Review Center, three people sit in a row facing up to six computer monitors each, with keyboards and phones on the desks in front of them.
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    New York joins cities questioning ShotSpotter costs, benefits

    The gunshot detection system may waste NYPD resources, a June audit states, and existing data don’t support renewing the contract. Chicago and Houston are among the cities that plan to drop the technology.

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    Sports tourism drives meetings growth in Las Vegas: report

    The sports entertainment category isn’t just driving leisure tourism. It’s also boosting meetings travel for events related to the industry, according to Knowland.

  • A 40-foot, battery-powered electric bus drives along a street on February 02, 2023 in Miami, Florida.
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    FTA awards nearly $1.5B for cleaner transit buses

    Projects in 117 communities received grants for low- or no-emission bus purchases and upgrades to bus facilities.

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    The movement to get neighborhoods off natural gas gains momentum

    For years, cities have pursued ways to get buildings off fossil fuels, one structure at a time. Now, some leaders and advocates are eyeing a newer approach: neighborhood-scale decarbonization.

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    Q&A

    Changes coming to NYC construction safety, permitting

    The code update will affect the definition of a major building and how many permits a superintendent can be involved with at one time, according to former DOB assistant commissioner Peter Amato.

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    5 recommendations for high-speed rail success

    Decades of efforts to establish true high-speed rail in the U.S. “have not produced the desired outcomes,” a study from New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management says.

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    Opinion

    The White House just took steps to combat housing discrimination. States and local governments should follow.

    As the country’s eviction epidemic grows, lawmakers must take aim at tenant screening practices locking millions out of affordable housing.

  • Men and women with shovels in front of a sign reading "President Joe Biden - Investing in America."
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    New Virginia-North Carolina intercity passenger rail line starts construction

    Trains could run at up to 110 mph along portions of the route connecting two of the busiest train stations in the Southeast.

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    US electricity prices rise again as AI, onshoring may mean decades of power demand growth: BofA

    The year-over-year inflation rate for electricity prices reached 5.9% in May, up from 3.8% in January, according to Bank of America Institute.

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    12 ‘tech hubs’ get $504M to support new jobs, innovation

    Projects that scale lab-to-market transitions, train workers and build shared testbeds and manufacturing facilities are among those receiving federal funding.

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    FTA offers $1.9M in grants for tech that improves riders’ public transportation experience

    New payment methods, demand-responsive service and creative financing are among the types of projects that might qualify for a Federal Transit Administration grant program.

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    Amtrak awards $1.3B bridge contract along Northeast Corridor

    The railway span will replace a 117-year-old structure and allow a 55% increase in maximum speeds for Amtrak trains.