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  • Signs with messages such as "Yes to Rail Unions! No to capitalist politicians!" is seen in front of the U.S. Capitol
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    House passes bills to avert US rail shutdown, add paid sick leave

    The vote comes just two days after President Joe Biden urged congressional intervention, warning “a rail shutdown would devastate our economy.”

  • Compost, recycling and garbage carts set outside of the home on the curb for residential garbage and recycling pickup.
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    A history of US cities adopting zero waste goals

    The concept has become a mainstream part of municipal waste planning, experts say, even as targets largely remain aspirational and some recent efforts have faced pandemic-related setbacks.

  • Exterior view of multifamily residential building under construction in Palo Alto
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    Housing tax credit bill gains bipartisan support in Congress

    The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, which aims to produce 500,000 starter homes over the next decade, has garnered the support of 124 congressional lawmakers.

  • Several people wearing masks are entering and leaving a silver subway train at an underground station in New York City.
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    New York transit riders may face steep fare increases, service cuts: state comptroller

    With ridership stuck well below pre-pandemic levels, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority could struggle to maintain service without steep fare hikes.

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    9 startups to join AWS’ Sustainable Cities Accelerator for Infrastructure

    Each accelerator participant aims to address infrastructure-related sustainability challenges by offering products and services targeting power, utility, transportation and other systems.

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    Five US cities target building energy use, emissions with fines

    New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston and St. Louis are poised to implement penalties to curb building-level greenhouse gas emissions or energy use.

  • Homeless outreach coordinators at an encampment in Houston.
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    How Houston’s homeless strategy became a model for other US cities

    Over the course of a decade, Houston reduced its alarmingly high homeless population by 63%. Now, other major cities are reaching out for guidance.

  • A man installs WiFi network equipment on a building's roof.
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    How Shreveport, Louisiana, used blockchain technology to build a low-cost public WiFi network

    The city has spent about $500,000 on its public WiFi network, a cost that would have ballooned had it partnered with a traditional internet service provider, said the city’s chief technology officer.

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    California unveils 7 guaranteed income pilot projects

    Aiming to support basic needs, the California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will provide regular, unconditional cash payments to nearly 2,000 pregnant people and former foster youth.

  • A Revel brand moped parked on a residential street, June 18, 2019, in Brooklyn, New York.
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    Shared e-moped markets are growing — but not in the US. Why not?

    New York and San Francisco are the remaining U.S. cities with shared e-mopeds. Deployment costs, barriers to use and U.S. car culture are blamed for the mode’s weak performance.

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    Labor shortages hinder public transit rebound: APTA report

    Creative benefits and improved hiring processes, safety, scheduling and growth opportunities are among ways transit agencies can help address labor shortages and recruit new employees, experts say. 

  • An illustration showing a black electric vertical takeoff or landing aircraft lettered "Vertical" on a runway, in a left rear three-quarter view.
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    FAA to lay out air taxi plans by May

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s acting administrator said the agency will present implementation plans for eVTOL or air taxi operations by May 2023. 

  • A single railroad track alongside a train station with streetlights and a water tank marked "Gulfport" in the background.
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    Amtrak, freight railroads agree to restore intercity passenger service to Gulf Coast

    A long dispute among freight railroads and Amtrak to restore intercity passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, may be nearing a resolution. 

  • A man riding a bike in a dedicated bike lane.
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    NYC to expand bike lanes, public spaces in 2023

    The upgrades build on the city’s Open Streets program, which closes streets to vehicle traffic for use by pedestrians and cyclists, and its efforts to create the largest bike network in the U.S.

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    Charlotte phone app warns drivers of behavior that puts pedestrians, others at risk

    As part of the North Carolina city’s ongoing Vision Zero campaign, drivers using the TravelSafely app will be alerted when they are driving too fast in certain areas or approaching pedestrians in crosswalks. 

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    Building out nationwide EV charging is taking longer than consumers think, Fuels Institute says

    Permit approvals, government funding and knowing where to deploy charging stations are some of the many hurdles EV stakeholders face.

  • Construction resumes on $2.4B Los Angeles Metro Purple Line

    The October suspension following safety issues and dozens of injuries was lifted last week when tunnel work restarted.

  • A view of the Miami Gardens Senior Family Center through the city of Miami Gardens' Metaverse project.
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    Miami Gardens metaverse aims to encourage virtual exploration of city amenities

    Users can virtually visit and interact with 3D recreations of City Hall, universities, the stadium, a casino and more.

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown, a gray-haired man wearing a dark suit and blue shirt, stands at a podium in a large garage in front of an electric bus, with others nearby.
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    Want to electrify your bus fleet? A new FTA-funded research center can help.

    Battery and hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses are “fundamentally different technologies” cities and transit agencies will have to learn, said a researcher from The Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research.

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    Austin to double e-bike rebates in 2023

    The city increased the rebates to encourage more people, especially “historically underserved populations,” to buy and use e-bikes, a spokesperson for Austin’s publicly-owned utility said.

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    Big cities are not dead, real estate researcher says

    Renters are returning to urban areas, which could be a challenge for Sun Belt owners, according to a real estate researcher.

  • The Candy Crush Saga 10th Anniversary Drone Show & Party on November 03, 2022 in New York City.
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    Drone-based advertising poses opportunities, challenges for cities

    After hundreds of drones lit up the New York City skyline with an ad for an online game earlier this month, cities' role in regulating such displays is in question.  

  • A dark blue electric bus showing a sign on the right side that reads "Nova Bus: Bring life to your city" is on a road under green trees.
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    Electric transit bus orders boom after FTA funds 1,100 buses

    Cities, states and transit agencies need to plan ahead to transition their fleets to electric buses, as manufacturers struggle to keep up with orders.

  • A sidewalk in Tampa, Florida, with embedded solar panels designed to help power traffic lights at an intersection.
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    Tampa tries sidewalk solar panels as backup power for traffic lights

    The Florida city started using solar sidewalks for backup power after 2017’s Hurricane Irma created lengthy power outages at intersections. It assessed the technology's performance this fall during Hurricane Ian.

  • View from above of an advanced electric takeoff and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft, parked.
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    Archer Aviation debuts production version of eVTOL aircraft

    As eVTOL developers race to bring urban air mobility to U.S. cities, some, including Archer, aim to begin carrying passengers by 2025.