Transportation Projects

Cars on highway in Colorado with snow-capped mountains in background

Audit Finds Colorado DOT Contracting Process Inconsistent

A state audit criticized the agency for taking a haphazard approach to awarding contracts for major projects.

April 12, 2023 - The Denver Post

Portland Transit

How Structural Issues and Bureaucracy Impede Transit Projects

How outdated and inefficient city processes can hinder the progress of transportation projects and prevent the development of a comprehensive transportation strategy.

January 26, 2023 - Governing

Toll Road

Toll Roads Take $9 Billion in Losses Nationwide

No one lakes toll roads, but everyone relies on the revenue they generate for all kinds of transportation projects.

July 17, 2020 - The Washington Post


Road Projects Face COVID-Induced Delays in Missouri

Missouri is taking stock of its construction program as gas taxes and sales taxes plummet.

April 7, 2020 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Traffic in Manhattan New York

Cars Still Rule the Road. Is Change Possible?

The dominant narrative is that streets are for cars and infrastructure that accommodates driving is necessary for cities to grow. But cities ended up this way because of decisions that make other modes secondary.

September 25, 2019 - The Outline

TriMet Portland

New Questions Around Portland-Area Light Rail Project

A proposed rail line would run from downtown Portland, Oregon, to the suburbs. The budget has increased significantly, and many funding and project scope questions remain.

August 26, 2019 - Oregon Live

Alaskan Way Viaduct

The Carmageddon Myth

Seattle recently closed the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but the predicted traffic chaos hasn’t ensued.

January 23, 2019 - City Commentary


Wisconsin Law Could Delay Major Highway Projects

A plan to save money on highway megaprojects is likely to backfire, experts warn.

January 5, 2019 - Urban Milwaukee

Van Ness Bus Rapid TRansit

Mapping All of San Francisco's Transit-Related Projects

A new interactive map keeps residents up to date on where the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is working on new projects.

August 10, 2018 - San Francisco Examiner


If Traffic Costs Americans Billions, What About Waiting for Coffee?

The folks over at City Observatory brew up a "Cappuccino Congestion Index" to show that anything can be shown to cost Americans vast sums of money.

April 20, 2018 - City Observatory

Insulating Transit Projects From P3 Non-Compete Clauses

Toll road projects using a public-private partnership often have non-compete clauses that protect the private partner if nearby projects impact profits. Maryland wants to exempt transit from those clauses.

April 7, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington


What to Expect From the Chicago Transit Authority in its 8th Decade

Streetsblog Chicago took a look at the big projects reshaping the Chicago Transit Authority, on the occasion of the transit system's 70th anniversary.

November 23, 2017 - Streetsblog Chicago

Miami Brightline Construction

Trump Administration Kills Obama Era Local Hiring Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation quietly killed an Obama Administration program that would have been the only federal level local hiring initiative.

August 28, 2017 - The New York Times

Stimulus is Out There, But Construction Jobs Slow to Follow

Despite some accusations that the federal stimulus funding has not been filtering down to actual transportation projects, work is being done. But the influx of money hasn't been able to revive a flagging construction industry.

September 16, 2010 - Time

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