Governance


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    9 senators call for EPA funding to address landfill methane

    They want more than $6.7 million to go to states for advanced methane detection technology and $5 million for local governments to develop methane reductions plans at municipally owned landfills. 

    By Jacob Wallace • June 11, 2024
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    Uber loses gig worker court decision

    The battle over whether gig workers are independent contractors continues. A separate court case will decide the legality of a Lyft- and Uber-backed ballot measure in California that would define them as such.

    By June 11, 2024
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    NY governor stops Manhattan congestion pricing plan ‘indefinitely’

    The plan to help fund the transit authority by charging drivers entering Manhattan’s central business district faced fierce opposition from labor unions, taxi drivers and commuters.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Uvalde families announce $2M settlement with city, additional lawsuits

    While the families of those killed in a 2022 mass shooting will not pursue further legal action against the city, their legal team said they are suing state-level officers and intend to sue the federal government.

    By Naaz Modan • May 24, 2024
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    Clean energy fund surplus sparks tension in Pacific Northwest city

    The Portland, Oregon, program has brought in millions of dollars more than originally anticipated, putting some city leaders and climate advocates at odds over how to proceed.

    By May 16, 2024
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    More money needed for infrastructure fixes: ASCE

    Headwinds such as supply chain challenges and extreme weather are keeping the investment gap from being noticeably reduced, the American Society of Civil Engineers said in a report released Monday.

    By Julie Strupp • May 13, 2024
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    California bans hidden fees for all businesses starting July 1

    The state will require all mandatory fees be in listed prices, making it harder for restaurants to impose service fees.

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • May 13, 2024
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    Uber, Lyft saw rider growth in Q1 but face regulatory challenges

    The ride-hailing companies also see the promise of autonomous vehicles but differ in their outlooks.

    By May 9, 2024
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    DOL’s ‘unprecedented,’ two-pronged overtime rule adds new HR wrinkles

    Employers must decide whether to incrementally comply with the rule’s salary threshold updates or move straight to compliance with the higher 2025 threshold, attorneys said.

    By Ryan Golden • April 25, 2024
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    California’s clean-truck rules: a fleet owner’s view

    Although the state’s rules face legal pushback from trucking interests and 19 states, one pioneering fleet owner found surprising benefits as he began buying heavy-duty electric trucks.

    By April 23, 2024
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    How 5 commuter railroad leaders envision their future

    “The face of commuter rail is evolving,” one commuter railroad CEO told lawmakers during a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing.

    By April 19, 2024
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    Electric bus, railcar purchases sought by Chicago-based transit authority

    The region’s three major transit agencies are hoping $375 million in Inflation Reduction Act funds will usher along their transition to zero-emission fleets by 2040.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Transit worker safety the focus of FTA plan updates

    Meant to address bus collisions, assaults on transit workers and other risks, the updates to Federal Transit Administration rules would also give transit workers more say in workplace safety.

    By April 15, 2024
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    High-speed rail project in Texas gets high-level US, Japan support

    The Texas Central project would connect Dallas and Houston using Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train technology. Amtrak announced its involvement in August.

    By April 12, 2024
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    How transit agencies can succeed at outsourcing operations

    A new report from the Eno Center for Transportation delves into public transportation best practices for a successful relationship with the private sector.

    By April 11, 2024
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    $20.5B in federal funds for public transit available in FY 2024

    The funding will support urban, rural and tribal communities with grants "to start new projects, fix old infrastructure, and ensure fast, safe, convenient service,” the acting Federal Transit Administrator said.

    By April 5, 2024
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    State transportation projects need better Federal Highway Administration oversight: DOT audit

    Delays could increase the risk of the 2021 infrastructure law funding not achieving its intended benefits, cautions the audit by the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General.

    By April 4, 2024
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    Cities look to AI-powered cameras to keep bus lanes clear

    Automated bus-mounted camera enforcement systems from Hayden AI, which will soon be implemented in Los Angeles, enabled faster average bus speeds and fewer bus collisions in New York City.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Government officials, transit agencies get silly on social for April Fools’ Day

    Denver is now the 1.6-kilometer-high city. Amtrak has an emotional baggage car. Here are some of our favorite April Fools’ Day jokes posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

    By April 2, 2024
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    $7.5B for transportation and infrastructure projects available from USDOT

    The grant programs support projects “so large, complex, and ambitious that they could not get funded under the infrastructure programs that existed prior to this administration," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Texas court strikes down federal rule requiring states to monitor and set targets for highway GHG emissions

    The rule faced swift backlash from state attorneys general after it was issued in November. Supporters of the requirement say it makes the transportation planning process more transparent.

    By March 29, 2024
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    What’s stifling city climate action? Municipal finance practices, one report says

    The Boston University researchers highlight how city funding approaches make emissions reduction projects easier to move forward than climate adaptation projects.

    By March 27, 2024
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    ‘Rural states have unique needs’: Transportation providers spotlight challenges at House hearing

    Rural bus operators, members of Congress and other witnesses argued for greater local and state control over transportation policies at a House subcommittee hearing last week.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Q&A

    15 minutes with the first state-level chief heat officer

    As Arizona shifts its approach to managing extreme heat risk, Eugene Livar wants to bring communities the resources they need without reinventing the wheel.

    By March 15, 2024
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    Local mandates protecting workers from heat would be banned under Florida bill

    The legislation on the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis would block counties and cities from requiring companies to provide workers with water, rest and shade.

    By Zachary Phillips • March 15, 2024