Category: Transportation

During Infrastructure Week, City Leaders Press Congress to Invest and Rebuild

In meetings on Capitol Hill, city leaders came together during Infrastructure Week 2018 to highlight the current state of America’s infrastructure and tell Congress that we need a federal partner to invest in infrastructure with cities. On Tuesday, May 15, NLC First Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson and HD Committee Chair Gil Ziffer paved the way on

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America’s Cities: Ready to Rebuild Our Nation

This is a guest post by NLC Second Vice President Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles. This week, city leaders across America are taking part in Infrastructure Week to advocate for a national effort to renew our crumbling infrastructure. Such an effort is badly needed and long overdue. Cities are ready to restore and improve our

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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Starts with a Skilled Workforce

This is a guest post by Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the National League of Cities, adapted from remarks delivered for Infrastructure Week. This week in Washington, D.C., — and in cities and towns across the nation — policymakers, the business community and everyday citizens are coming together to recognize Infrastructure Week

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Phoenix

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Albert Santana, Director of High Capacity Transit and one of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows from the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Carlos Delgado: Albert, thank you so much for taking the time to share

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Launching New Jobs, and the ‘Hop’ Streetcar, in Downtown Milwaukee

This blog post is part of a series on rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure for NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign.  In just a short time, after years of work and coordination, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will welcome its newest arrival to the streets of downtown: The first ‘Hop’ streetcar has arrived. Working in coordination with local

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How Bus Rapid Transit Could Fight Congestion in Pinecrest, Florida

This blog post is part of a series on rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure for NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign. This is a guest post by Councilmember James McDonald of Pinecrest, Florida. U.S. Highway 1 in Miami-Dade County is not fun to drive. Each day, our local drivers spend hours of lost time, burn thousands of

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What City Leaders Need to Know about the FY18 Spending Bill

This week, city leaders achieved a major legislative victory with the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which boosts funding levels for dozens of city priorities across multiple agencies in the federal budget. For many cities, the threat of significant funding cuts has loomed over council meetings and municipal budget committees for more

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Privatization of Rest Stops Directly Competes with Cities’ Local Businesses

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, with Brittney Kohler, NLC’s program director for transportation and infrastructure. Tucked into the President’s infrastructure proposal to Congress is an old idea that hasn’t gotten any better with time — letting states privatize highway rest areas to directly

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America’s Infrastructure Should Be Beautiful

“If anything can save the world,” North Face and Esprit founder Doug Tompkins once said, “I’d put my money on beauty.” This year, as part of a new campaign called And Beauty For All, we’re challenging NLC and its member communities to put that hypothesis to the test. We believe that, as our cities work on

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President Trump’s Playbook for Infrastructure

After a long wait, Congress now has an extensive infrastructure proposal from the President on their desk to review. The passage of this administration’s infrastructure playbook to Congress kicks off the process in Washington to develop a bipartisan deal that could ramp up the federal partnership in infrastructure investment. For city officials, who have been

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