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    US mayors react to Biden’s election dropout

    President Joe Biden announced Sunday that he is ending his reelection campaign. “He worked hand in hand with us to deliver some of the most consequential legislation for cities,” one mayor said.

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    US House appropriations bill would slash DOT grants by $2B in FY2025

    House Republicans set out their priorities for transportation funding but acknowledge that the November election’s outcome will likely decide future spending.

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    New York wants tall commercial, multifamily buildings to test low-carbon heating retrofits

    Seven finalists in a $10 million competition will develop heating and distribution systems that can be installed without displacing occupants, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week. 

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    14 attorneys general press FEMA to define heat, wildfire smoke as major disasters

    The state officials are the latest to call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update its definition of major disasters eligible for federal money as key funds run low.

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    New York MTA sued for alleged cuts to bus service

    A New York state judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday ordering the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to restore service that existed prior to July 12.

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    US attorneys aim to protect state emissions targets rule

    The federal government seeks to instate a 2023 Federal Highway Administration regulation after lower courts dealt blows to the policy.

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    Cities are paying this robotaxi company to work with them

    May Mobility operates self-driving vehicles to fill gaps in service and provide more accessible options for wheelchair users.

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    Boston has a new anti-rat plan. Here are 3 takeaways.

    “We’re working to make Boston a home for everyone. Except for rats," Mayor Michelle Wu said as the city released a report by a leading urban rat researcher.

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    DOT rolls out $5B in bridge infrastructure grants

    The grants will fund 13 economically significant projects to address traffic and freight bottlenecks.

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    $607M in US DOT grants available for reconnecting communities

    This will be the final round of grants under the Biden administration's pilot program to restore neighborhoods split by highways and other transportation infrastructure.

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    NYC bets big on porous pavement with $32M flood-control project

    It's the city's first large-scale implementation of the approach after years of testing different porous pavement products.

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    Construction project abandonments surge

    Developers are also delaying jobs, including Amtrak’s $175 million redevelopment of Baltimore’s Penn Station.

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    Bike-sharing’s future in Houston is uncertain after system shutdown

    The local transit agency was supposed to build a new bike-sharing system before the city’s old one shut down. It didn't, and nobody knows what will happen next.

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    House GOP looks at transportation regulations in light of Chevron doctrine ruling

    Chairs of the Transportation and Infrastructure and House Oversight and Accountability committees asked three Cabinet leaders to compile information dating back to Jan. 20, 2021.

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    NYC delivery worker earnings up 22%

    The city says workers’ earnings shot up after it began enforcing its new $17.96 per hour app-based delivery wage. DoorDash, however, called the city’s report “misleading and blatantly biased.”

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    3 strategies to decarbonize transportation: US DOT report

    To meet U.S. greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, the Transportation Department says the U.S. must reduce transportation emissions to near zero.

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    Seattle encourages office-to-residential conversions with new law

    The city's mayor said Seattle needs to take advantage of every tool available to fend off a housing shortage as downtown buildings sit empty.

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    FEMA tightens flood resilience rules for federally funded infrastructure

    Projects like schools, fire and police stations, sewers, roads and bridges will be affected by the new Federal Emergency Management Agency policy. 

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    Proposed OSHA heat rule leaves waste industry with operational questions

    Waste and recycling groups say the proposed standard raises practical questions of how to change schedules and other operations to better protect workers from the heat. 

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    Boston was the first major city to pair fair housing with zoning. How’s it going?

    Community input was key to the policy’s passage but should be a larger part of the review process it created, advocates say. 

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    What US transit agencies worry most about right now

    Ridership, traffic congestion, finances, safety and transitioning bus fleets to cleaner fuels were were top of mind for transit agency leaders in a Keolis survey released today.

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    New York joins cities questioning ShotSpotter costs, benefits

    The gunshot detection system may waste NYPD resources, a June audit states, and existing data don’t support renewing the contract. Chicago and Houston are among the cities that plan to drop the technology.

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    Sports tourism drives meetings growth in Las Vegas: report

    The sports entertainment category isn’t just driving leisure tourism. It’s also boosting meetings travel for events related to the industry, according to Knowland.

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    FTA awards nearly $1.5B for cleaner transit buses

    Projects in 117 communities received grants for low- or no-emission bus purchases and upgrades to bus facilities.

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    The movement to get neighborhoods off natural gas gains momentum

    For years, cities have pursued ways to get buildings off fossil fuels, one structure at a time. Now, some leaders and advocates are eyeing a newer approach: neighborhood-scale decarbonization.