Nearly 1 in 3 American mayors think they may already have hurt their own citizens by making cost-saving decisions on critical infrastructure—a startling admission of fearfulness and accountability from the nation’s top urban executives on the heels of the Flint water crisis.
One of the North Country’s major employers has found itself in a bitter, international trade dispute. Bombardier, a Canadian company with a factory in Plattsburgh, expected to win a major contract to build more than 800 new rail cars for the city of Chicago.
The Federal Highway Administration is considering measuring the success of state and local transportation projects by their greenhouse gas emissions. FHWA asked for feedback on establishing the climate metric in a proposed rule establishing new performance standards for transportation projects receiving federal dollars.
For many years, the way we addressed transportation challenges like traffic congestion, access and information was to build more. More roads, more rails, more runways. Yet today, with financial resources strained and an overwhelming need to simply fix our nation's crumbling infrastructure, we need a new model.
The D.C. region’s transit system must regain the trust of its customers and jurisdictions by improving safety, reliability, and its troubled financial situation, while laying the groundwork for substantial internal reforms, said consultants who drafted a roadmap for Metro’s long-term recovery.
Here’s a story about how business gets done at New York’s Penn Station. In the late 1970s, the escalator connecting Tracks 15 and 16 to the concourse sat broken for more than four years because Amtrak, which owns the complex, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, whose Long Island Rail Road trains terminate there, could not agree who should pay to fix it.
Jack Evans was a summer intern here in 1976, the year Metro, the capital region’s subway system, opened to rave reviews. It was an architectural triumph, with escalators that plunged into clean, well-lit stations — a mass transit marvel “like ‘The Jetsons,’ ” he says — a far cry from the graffiti-scarred, decrepit system of that era in New York.
WASHINGTON, April 1 — With the rise of autonomous vehicles, car makers and transportation experts say, they're driving into the future.
But as they turn the corner, they're hitting some major road blocks ...specifically a crumbling US infrastructure.
Paul Lewis is the vice president of policy for the Eno Center of Transportation think tank.
He says the advancing technology will only go so far.
This week, the Metrorail system here in Washington, D.C., was shut down for a full day, leaving some 700,000 people scrambling to find other ways to get around. And the D.C. subway isn't the only transit system coping with aging and decaying infrastructure, as NPR's David Schaper reports.
It’s an impressively comprehensive report that addresses an important question, says Paul Lewis, vice president of policy and finance at the Eno Center for Transportation, which was not affiliated with this study. “There’s this outstanding question as to whether these new shared mobility services are complementary to public transit or competitive,” he says.