Category: Transportation

Fixing America’s Infrastructure

This week, NLC President Mark Stodola, mayor, Little Rock, Arkansas, and NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony sent an open letter to city leaders on the state of America’s infrastructure. That letter is reproduced here: Dear City Leaders, Happy New Year! At the National League of Cities, every new year offers new opportunities

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Why Cities Struggle to Fund Infrastructure

As President Trump and Congressional leadership emerge from a strategy meeting at Camp David this week, the infrastructure debate is heating up. There is now little doubt: Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are expected to announce that they intend to prioritize infrastructure on their 2018 to-do list. For cities, the coming focus on America’s long infrastructure

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Countdown Begins on Volkswagen Settlement Funds for Cities

In October 2016, the U.S. government approved a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen for violations of the Clean Air Act. As part of the settlement, $2.7 billion was set aside into an Environmental Mitigation Trust and will be given directly to states to fund projects to reduce nitrogen oxide at the local level. Cities can

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All Transportation Is Local

At an uncertain time for federal transportation policy, local elected officials across the country are rolling up their sleeves and adopting a “do it yourself” ethos — and the result is often surprising. This is a guest post by Hayley Richardson. Despite the importance of transportation to their constituents, many local elected officials feel there’s

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6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

This post was co-authored by Irma Esparza Diggs and Will Downie. This week, the White House rolled out ideas on how to fix our nation’s ailing roads, bridges, schools and water systems in their version of “Infrastructure Week.” Building off the $200 billion in federal investment included in President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget, ideas such

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Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?

This post was co-authored by Nicole DuPuis and Erich Zimmermann. Much of the conversation about self-driving cars used to swirl around the anxious notion that they are coming and that their unprecedented technology promises chaos for unprepared roads. Now we can say definitively that they are here — and this reality is something that cities

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Aging Infrastructure Stalls Greatness

Local governments need a federal commitment and partner to improve our water, transportation and broadband systems. America cannot continue to be great without world-class infrastructure. This is a guest post by Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. The nation’s local leaders know that our nation’s infrastructure has never been a partisan issue. Today, with ailing infrastructure and

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Cities Are Leading on Infrastructure. Now Congress Needs to Catch Up.

To improve our nation’s infrastructure, cities need the freedom to explore innovative financing tools — but they also need a renewed commitment from their partners at the state and federal levels of government. This is a guest post by Councilmember James McDonald. As federal and state funding for infrastructure has become less predictable, the stress

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Can Tech and Government Get Along?

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As Tim Woodbury explains, government can take a lesson out of Silicon Valley’s playbook. This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury. It

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Racing to Be First: How Autonomous Vehicles Will Affect Our Communities

A new National League of Cities report addresses the most pressing questions that local officials might have concerning self-driving vehicles. The full version of this post can be found on Route Fifty.  The race towards fully autonomous vehicles has shifted into overdrive. In the past year, major partnerships and acquisitions between tech firms and traditional

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