Transportation Spending

North Dakota

Five-Year Transportation Bill Has a Ways to Go

House and Senate versions of the five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill are on different tracks, headed in different directions.

June 10, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

I-71 I-70 Columbus OH

Northeast Ohio Agency Set to Reject Three Highway Proposals

The agency's recommendations are based on a new method of cost-benefit analysis that includes equity and environmental sustainability as key measures.

May 3, 2021 -

Green Line

'Bespoke' Station Design Responsible for Transit Costs Increases, Study Says

The first case study by the Transit Costs Project at New York University's Marron Institute offers a long awaited, and long necessary, glimpse into the bloated costs of construction in the United States.

January 29, 2021 - City Journal

Second Avenue Subway

Eno to Launch Study of High U.S. Transit Costs

The Eno Center for Transportation is answering long-overdue calls for more information about the well documented costs of transit investments in the United States.

January 8, 2020 - Eno Center for Transportation

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

$4 Billion Later, the New Tappan Bridge More Crowded Than Ever

Traffic data shows more and more cars and trucks using the new Tappan Zee Bridge in 2019, in what looks like an obvious case of induced demand.

January 2, 2020 - Times Herald-Record


Governor's Transportation and Climate Actions Stir Controversy in California

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last month directing state agencies to consider climate goals in their spending and operations. Two weeks later, three highway widening projects were deleted, and locals are crying foul.

October 18, 2019 - Streetsblog California

Interstate 285 Interchange

Georgia's $11 Billion Road-Building Program Evolves

Recently announced changes to a massive road-building program in Georgia will shift moves projects aimed at improvements for the trucking industry earlier onto the calendar, while pushing back projects located closer to Atlanta.

October 15, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal Constitution

New Highways

Kentucky Planning a New Freeway Around Louisville, Raising Alarms

Local news sources are shedding light on planning for a new highway route that could pass through sensitive habitat of endangered that has yet to undertake a formal environmental or public input process.

July 11, 2019 - WFPL

Downtown Oakland

Oakland Keeps its DOT, Moves Forward With Innovative Street Repaving Plan

The city of Oakland had a particularly tough budget approval process this year. The future of capital investments in the city's transportation system was at stake.

June 29, 2019 - The East Bay Times

Purple Line Extension

U.S. DOT Brings Maryland Purple Line Back From the Dead

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the state of Maryland are expected to sign a funding agreement next week for the Purple Line between Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

August 23, 2017 - The Washington Post

Port Authority Bus

Budget Surpluses and Capital Investments in Pittsburgh

A transportation agency with a budget surplus and money to spare on capital investments isn't something that happens every day, especially not in cities considered part of the "Rust Belt."

May 19, 2017 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What Will Trump's Budget Cut In Your City?

A look at what the president's proposed budget will mean for cities, and reaction from city leaders.

March 21, 2017 - Modern Cities

Houston Texas

Are Texans Driving Less? Depends on Who You Ask

Local and regional transportation planners responded skeptically to data from the Texas Department of Transportation showing Texans driving less.

October 5, 2016 - Streetsblog Texas

Horse and Buggy

The Latest Trend in Transportation Infrastructure: Un-Paving Roads

A recent study discovered that towns and cities around the country had removed the pavement on thousands of roads in the last five years.

July 13, 2016 - Wired

Kansas Highway

Latest Budget Shortfall Hits Highway Projects in Kansas

In an effort to curb spending by $300 million in the next 15 months, the state of Kansas is considering spending cuts that could hit highway projects and universities. This is the fourth time in two years the state's revenues have fallen short of pro

April 22, 2016 - The Wichita Eagle

#NoNewRoads Campaign Wants to Spend Less, Get More

Strong Towns, the same organization that runs the #BlackFridayParking campaign every year, is back with another social media campaign meant to raise awareness about the effects of car dependence.

January 26, 2016 - Strong Towns

Illinois DOT Head: System Is Stuck in the Past

Strong words from the head of the Illinois Department of Transportation, who says the state is planning for "yesterday's transportation system." Are we witnessing a sea change in leadership of transportation at the state level?

September 6, 2015 - Chicago Tribune

Changing the 'How' and the 'What' in Infrastructure Spending

When it comes to infrastructure, we are frequently reminded of the consequences of not repairing roads and bridges. Two prolific transportation writers recently changed the focus to where the money is spent.

February 17, 2015 - CityLab

Train Tracks

Transportation Funding: Tougher than a Rubik's Cube

There are plenty of opinions but no action on the issue of transportation funding in the United States. What will it take to move the country—and its states, regions, and localities—forward?

January 30, 2015 - Steven Polzin

Ohio DOT Looking to the Public for Answers

The Ohio Department of Transportation is looking for feedback from the public on how best to expand services to meet growing demand despite an ongoing shortage of funding.

October 22, 2014 - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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