Image: Paris Malone, CC
Image: Paris Malone, CC

  • President Biden signed the infrastructure bill, making it an infrastructure law? (Politics)
  • … And everyone has it covered:
    • Get ready for a Cincinnati Bridge, a fast bus from Atlanta, a rail hub to Chicago, and the Port of Baltimore (CNN).
    • Speaking of bridges, not all cities are excited about a new, broader reach, citing the induced demand and impacts on neighborhoods (City Lab).
    • But in general, cities and states are preparing to compete for funding (USA Today).
    • Line up – the New York area has already spent all the money. (NY Times)
    • However, most of it will go to highways, with $ 1 billion allocated to Oregon roads and only $ 200 million to public transit (Portland Mercury).
    • In Minnesota, it’s $ 4.8 billion for roads and bridges and $ 800 million for public transit (Star-Tribune).
    • Georgia will receive $ 8.9 billion for roads and $ 1.4 billion for public transportation, and authorities expect problems with the distribution of funds (Georgia Public Broadcasting).
    • Even with the skewed funding formula, Hampton Roads transit officials believe they can use the money to double ridership in five years (13 News Now).
    • And Amtrak’s $ 117 billion investment in the Northeast Corridor will increase capacity and reduce travel times (Smart Cities Dive).
  • Unless we start making 40% of our trips by public transport, walking or cycling in the next 10 years, we will not meet the climate change targets. (Streetsblog United States)
  • Transit agencies are experimenting with zero or low fares to increase ridership, but some fear the loss of revenue could lead to service cuts. (Washington Post)
  • Dallas will spend $ 2 million next year to fill gaps in bike lanes. (Observer)
  • The Bird app in Detroit now includes MoGo bike sharing docks. (Public transportation)
  • Toledo is donating bicycles from a former bike-share to groups who will distribute them to low-income residents. (Blade)
  • A New York Times photo report shows how important Bulgaria’s last narrow gauge railway is to residents of remote mountain villages.

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