Infrastructure in the News: June 6, 2010
Reuters reported that the Senate wants to provide federal grants helping local governments with city planning and according to AP there's a new wave of US cities joining bike-sharing plans. Find out more in this Infrastructure in the News.
Reuters: Congress looks at making cities more "livable"
The Senate moved closer on Wednesday to making the concept of "livable communities" a part of national law that would provide federal grants to help local governments implement comprehensive city planning.
AP: New wave of US cities look at bike-sharing plans
The new message to commuters in Minneapolis: Hit a bicycle pedal instead of a gas pedal. Minneapolis is joining Denver in a new wave of cities in car-crazy America trying to cut down on obesity, traffic jams and air pollution with bike-sharing programs. It was debuting Nice Ride Minnesota on Thursday with 700 bicycles and 65 kiosks where riders can swipe a keycard, pick up a bike and go — making it one of the largest urban bike-sharing programs in the U.S. But it soon could be eclipsed by others elsewhere. Washington, D.C., plans to expand to Arlington, Va., this fall with about nine times as many bicycles as the 120 it started with. Nearly a dozen other U.S. cities, including Boston, New York and Chicago, are exploring or kicking off such programs. Denver launched its on Earth Day with 500 bikes and 50 stations.
Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Arkansas' Road Decay Cited in Death Rate
One-third of Arkansas roadways are deteriorating and are partially to blame for the state having one of the highest fatality rates in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by a Washington, D.C.-based transportation organization that lobbies for highway funding.
Knoxville News Sentinel: Editorial: Railroad renaissance a plus for Tennessee
...And we urge state and federal officials to move forward with high-speed rail in general and in particular an Atlanta-Chicago corridor. We’ve allowed the third leg of our transportation system to wither long enough.
"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles..."