Government / Politics

Yesterday
Amtrak's Gateway Program to replace a century-old rail tunnel and bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan, both bottlenecks on the busy Northeast Corridor, did not score well on an evaluation by the Federal Transit Administration for grant funding.
Progressive Railroading
2 days ago
Unlike Trump's suggested quarter-per-gallon gas tax, this 9-cents-per-barrel tax is real. Like the gas tax, it goes to a trust fund, to respond to oil spills rather than build and maintains roads. While small, it brings in $500 million annually.
Washington Examiner
3 days ago
The president's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget cuts the critical Capital investment Grants program run by the Federal Transit Administration. Projects lacking a full-funding grant agreement, like the Sacramento Streetcar, may fall victim.
The Sacramento Bee
3 days ago
During a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, President Trump endorsed hiking the gas tax by 25-cents per gallon to help pay for the $200 billion investment and restore solvency to the Highway Trust Fund.
Politico
4 days ago
Though cities hope for an economic boost, these photos show it's far from guaranteed.
Business Insider
4 days ago
The city of New Orleans wants to watch you party.
CityLab
6 days ago
While there has been no lack of criticism (some might say condemnation) of the $200 billion investment that aims to generate an additional $1.3 trillion, some individuals and groups have stepped forward to praise the plan, or at least parts of it.
DC Velocity
February 14, 2018, 1pm PST
In a region where the utility is on the "brink of financial collapse," residents face outages, boil-water advisories and bills that come with health warnings.
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2018, 10am PST
The city of Berkeley is exploring the sale of digital tokens—backed by municipal bonds—as a fundraising mechanism for affordable housing and other local priorities.
Business Insider
Blog post
February 13, 2018, 2pm PST
Opposition mobilized quickly after the Trump Administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan. There's even a hashtag.
James Brasuell
February 13, 2018, 10am PST
It is an understatement that Increasing fuel taxes is challenging. If there is an opportune time to do it, it's when gas prices are relatively low, when the state decides to cut other taxes, and when there's bipartisan support.
St. Louis Public Radio
February 13, 2018, 9am PST
A post for the Market Urbanism website says planning is entering Season Three with no guarantees it will catch on with audiences.
Market Urbanism
February 12, 2018, 2pm PST
How can President Trump, who has made environmental regulation rollbacks and climate denial trademarks of his administration, be expected to select projects for his infrastructure plan that must weather climate change?
The New York Times
February 12, 2018, 11am PST
Bournemouth native Stuart Semple is intent on "naming and shaming the bodies who fund and install these things."
The Art Newspaper
February 12, 2018, 9am PST
The federal government is basically asking for matching funds from states and localities to fund infrastructure projects.
The Washington Post
February 12, 2018, 8am PST
An historic transit referendum will be on the ballot for Nashville residents in May after some final political maneuvering over the matter of the plan's cost.
Tennessean
February 12, 2018, 5am PST
Somehow the city of Detroit managed to start enforcing an Airbnb ban in single-family neighborhoods without anyone realize the council had approved the regulation.
Curbed Detroit
February 9, 2018, 6am PST
The borough of Emerson, New Jersey is testing the limits of eminent domain.
NorthJersey
February 8, 2018, 1pm PST
In Oakland, California and Torreon, New Mexico, Julian Brave NoiseCat reports that "[f]or Indigenous people, the crisis of the home is intergenerational."
High Country News
February 6, 2018, 11am PST
A low unemployment rate means major investments by the federal government could ultimately harm the economy.
FiveThirtyEight