Infrastructure Funding

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LA County Receives Reconnecting Communities Grants

Seven grant awards totaling $162 million will be used for planning, capital projects, and regional partnerships to reduce environmental harm and improve access in disadvantaged communities.

April 16, 2024 - Streetblog LA

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How to Stop the ‘Growth Ponzi Scheme’

Even cities with wealthy tax bases and strong economies face budget shortfalls when it comes to basic needs. Why?

April 10, 2024 - Strong Towns

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Washington State Transportation Budget Must Weigh Megaprojects, Maintenance

Major infrastructure projects face ballooning costs, putting basic maintenance and safety upgrade projects on the back burner.

January 18, 2024 - The Urbanist

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High-Profile Infrastructure Megaprojects for 2024

Federal funding is fueling a binge of major infrastructure projects spanning transportation, flood mitigation, and airport infrastructure.

January 17, 2024 - Construction Dive

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‘Moonshot’ Infrastructure Program Aims to Fund Transformative Ideas

A new federal program hopes to replicate the success of DARPA by developing ambitious infrastructure projects with government funding.

June 20, 2023 - The Verge

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California Commission Recommends Infrastructure Improvements

The state’s Transportation Commission outlined three major programs that should receive gas tax funding.

June 14, 2023 - Streetsblog California

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California Governor's Proposal Would Streamline Infrastructure Projects

Governor Newsom hopes his proposed changes to state laws would help speed up infrastructure projects before federal funding is put in jeopardy.

May 24, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

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Federal Government Awards Over $1 Billion to Nine ‘Mega’ Projects

The funding comes from a discretionary grant program aimed at supporting infrastructure projects too massive or complex for traditional funding mechanisms.

February 2, 2023 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

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No Bragging Rights for Passing the Infrastructure Act?

You'd think the passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act would convey bragging rights for Democratic congress members facing competitive midterm elections today. Ironically, Republicans who opposed the bill are taking credit.

November 8, 2022 - Politico

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Federal Environmental Justice Program Could Worsen Outcomes in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Without more specific regulations, the Justice40 initiative, which requires spending 40 percent of federal funds in underserved areas, could fund projects that increase emissions and pollution.

May 30, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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Prince George’s County To Receive $2.5 Billion in State Funds

The Maryland county celebrated its largest-ever state aid package, which will help the county repair infrastructure, build new development, and bring FBI headquarters to the area.

April 18, 2022 - WTOP

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Detroit Launches Website To Track Spending of Federal Dollars

A new web portal allows Detroiters to see how the city is spending hundreds of millions in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

March 15, 2022 - Detroit Free Press

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Rural Washington's Infrastructure Wishlist

Rural Washington communities want to see federal infrastructure funding allocated to projects in the historically neglected eastern parts of the state.

February 25, 2022 - Investigate West

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Dallas Drafts Infrastructure Wish List

The city hopes to qualify for as much as $3 billion in federal infrastructure funding.

February 23, 2022 - Advocate Oak Cliff

Stormwater Infrastructure

Small Communities Could Lose Out on Infrastructure Funding

Awarding federal funding via competitive grants could block grant opportunities for communities that need them the most.

January 13, 2022 - Governing


How Legacy Cities Can Leverage Federal Funds for 'Transformative' Projects

Now is the time for cities to make strategic investments to scale up existing revitalization efforts.

October 21, 2021 - The Brookings Institiution

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Houston Needs More Public Transit Funding, Report Finds

While ridership dropped during the pandemic, many 'essential workers' continued to rely on Houston Metro's services, signaling the crucial role of public transit for the city's economy.

October 14, 2021 - The Houston Chronicle

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Sales Tax Could Fully Fund Cincinnati Viaduct

One of Southwest Ohio's most urgent infrastructure projects would move forward if the SORTA board approves a recent proposal to allocate Issue 7 funding to the replacement plan for the Western Hills Viaduct.

September 30, 2021 - Cincinnati Enquirer

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These Tampa Projects Could Benefit From the Federal Infrastructure Bill

The city's aging streetcar line and historic Cass Street Bridge are among projects that could receive federal funding if Congress passes the current infrastructure package.

August 31, 2021 - Fox 13

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The History of Federal Infrastructure Funding: As Determined by the Founding Fathers

The ability of the federal government to fund, and define, infrastructure, owes itself to a history of state and federal leadership at the dawn of the nation's existence.

August 31, 2021 - The Washington Post

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