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Infrastructure in the News 10.31.16



New York Times Editorial: Waking Up to Shorter Commutes

This could be a record year for transportation ballot proposals, because local politicians and voters have realized that Congress is not coming to rescue America’s aging bridges, roads and transit systems. On Nov. 8, there will be about 45 ballot proposals across the country that could raise nearly $200 billion for transportation improvements.


NPR: Agreeing On More Money For Roads, Bridges May Be Easier Than Finding Workers

There aren't many things the two major presidential candidates agree on, but here's one: Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump say they would spend more to rebuild the country's aging infrastructure.


Associated Press: Arrestor Beds Help Prevent Disaster on Pence's Campaign Jet

A field of aerated cement blocks that crumble under the weight of an aircraft helped prevent Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence's campaign plane from barreling off a runway and onto a busy parkway nearby.


Associated Press: Clinton Lining Up Policy Priorities for 2017, if She Wins

Hillary Clinton's advisers are crafting a domestic policy agenda for the opening months of her potential presidency that is centered on three issues with some level of Republican support: an infrastructure package that emphasizes job creation, criminal justice reform, and immigration legislation.


Associated Press: Electric-car maker Tesla plans to sell solar roof tiles too

Further broadening its reach beyond electric cars, Tesla Motors says it’s going to sell solar roof tiles that are customizable and meant to look like a traditional roof. The energy-generating tiles would be a joint product with SolarCity, although the two companies have yet to complete a proposed merger.


The American Prospect: Infrastructure: Can We Finally Think Big?

The defining challenge of the next president’s infrastructure agenda will be persuading Congress to come along for the ride.


NextCity: Four Counterintuitive Things the Next President Needs to Do for Cities

In the early to mid-20th century, American cities were the engines of opportunity and mobility in the industrial United States. Economic growth was synonymous with city growth.


The Atlantic: The End of Public Transit?

Cities such as New York and San Francisco have extensive public-transportation systems that carry millions of residents by bus, train, boat, and light rail. But in recent years, there’s been an expanding fleet of private vehicles too: Lyft, Uber, Juno, Uber Pool, and the Google Bus, to name a few.



USA Today: Four years after Hurricane Sandy, New York transit still making repairs

Four years later, the statistics associated with Superstorm Sandy — the massive hurricane that made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012, and swamped the entire region — are still staggering.


Washington Post: Metro’s biggest SafeTrack phase begins on Red Line, complicating commutes for 200,000 daily rides

Metro Red Line riders look out. Part of the rail system’s busiest line is shut down Monday, as the first work day of what is the biggest — and hardest — repair project gets underway.


Washington Post: Budget proposal paints grim portrait of Metro’s future

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld is proposing higher fares, substantial service cuts and significantly more money from the jurisdictions the agency serves to make up for flagging ridership and rising costs that have put the system into a deep financial hole for the coming fiscal year.


Associated Press: Talks ongoing as Philly transit strike deadline looms

Negotiations between Philadelphia’s transit agency and the union representing 5,700 workers are ongoing amid a threat of a strike at midnight if an agreement on a new contract isn’t reached.


Associated Press: Days of cheap gas coming to a sad end in New Jersey

The end has come for a long-celebrated tradition for Pennsylvania and New York drivers: Starting Tuesday, cheap gas in New Jersey is a thing of the past.


The Ledger (Florida): Freight rail seen as key for transportation

Increased freight rail traffic parallel to I-75 and into Polk County should be encouraged in the coming decades to keep the state's north-south transportation network functioning, according to a recent Florida Department of Transportation report.


The Joplin Globe (Oklahoma): U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin discusses navigation, transportation bills

District 2 U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin updated the Rogers County Board of County Commissioners on two issues of local and state interest on Monday morning.


New Hampshire Eagle Tribune: Candidates weigh in on NH's transportation issues

As New Hampshire's infrastructure continues to age, the state has come under criticism for not spending the money needed to maintain and improve its roads, highways and bridges.