Infrastructure Planning

Wide shot of bridge overpasses under construction at the intersection of GA 400 and I-285 on July 22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

Key Details of the $1.2 Trillion Federal Infrastructure Bill

With President Joe Biden scheduled to sign the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act today in Washington, D.C., Planetizen shares insight into the fine print of the historic bill.

November 15, 2021 - James Brasuell

An image of Washington D.C. with highways and the streaks from car head and tail lights in the foreground, and the Washington Monument in the background.

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

Biden Administration

Biden's Infrastructure Targets Shift as Negotiations Commence

The Biden administration announced late last week that they would reduce the spending proposed in the American Jobs Plan from $2.25 trillion to $1.7 trillion, although there is some question about the true significance of those changes.

May 23, 2021 - Politico

Personal Mobility

Infrastructure Bill an Opportunity to Redesign Transportation to Move People, not Cars

By focusing on traffic safety, the Biden administration's proposed $2 trillion infrastructure has a chance to make good on its potential to shift the nation's infrastructure planning for the benefit of the people and the planet.

April 5, 2021 - John Stout

New York Subway Stairs

How We Learn Public Transportation and Infrastructure Lessons

"Who do you learn from?" is a question that transportation planners, particularly in the United States, should ask themselves.

March 27, 2020 - Pedestrian Observations

Marlyand

When the Floodwaters Receded in Ellicott City

Ellicott City, Maryland, a suburb located 12-miles from Baltimore with a historic Main Street that has experienced catastrophic flooding twice since 2016, offers a case study of the complementary effects of sprawl and climate change.

November 13, 2019 - NPR

Bay Delta Drawbridge

California's $17 Billion Delta Tunnel Project Had a No Good, Very Bad Day

The first water agency to weigh in on the $17 billion water tunnel project proposed for California's Bay Delta delivered a potentially fatal blow to the project.

September 20, 2017 - The Sacramento Bee

California State Water project

$84 Million in Federal Funds Improperly Spent on California's Delta Tunnels

A federal audit has revealed a failure to disclose the true costs of planning for the Delta tunnel projects.

September 9, 2017 - Associated Press via Los Angeles Times

Shasta

California to Consider 12 New Water Storage Facilities

A total of $2.7 billion will be awarded to a potential list of 12 water storage projects, thanks to funding from California's Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014.

August 23, 2017 - The Mercury News

Donald Trump

More Signs of Trouble for Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Streetsblog USA ponders whether President Trump's $1 trillion big-ticket legislative item was dead before arrival.

August 21, 2017 - Streetsblog USA

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