Dan is Governing’s transportation and infrastructure reporter. Dan developed a deep knowledge of government generally, and of states specifically, as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and for Stateline. He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor’s degree in English and German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

September 1, 2019


Half of all the criminal records in Pennsylvania are about to be sealed.
September 1, 2019

Dockless in Dallas

At one point, there were 18,000 rental bikes in Dallas. Now, they’re all gone.
September 1, 2019

Lights Out

Texas is the latest state to ban all red-light cameras.
September 1, 2019

State Labs

Congress can learn a lot from state legislatures.
August 23, 2019

6 Transportation Goals Congress Should Be Thinking About

Too often, the debate over transportation funding in Congress revolves around dollars and cents. But many advocates say we should agree on big goals first, so we know what we’re getting for the money we spend.
August 13, 2019

How Pennsylvania's Transportation Secretary Is Shifting the Infrastructure Conversation in Her State and Across the Country

Secretary Leslie Richards is trying to re-engineer the engineering process by making community engagement a top priority.
July 23, 2019

Racing the Clock to Cross the Street? In One State, It'll Cost You.

Hawaii recently passed a law allowing police to ticket pedestrians for starting to cross a street when the countdown starts. Other states let the walkers decide if they can make it.
July 12, 2019

Alaska's Public Universities May Declare 'Academic Bankruptcy'

Lawmakers failed to override the Republican governor's decision to cut 40 percent of the university system's state funding.
July 1, 2019

Cities Confront the 'Forever Chemicals' Contaminating Drinking Water

As the EPA and Congress debate PFAS regulations, local governments are taking action to protect people from toxic chemicals used in the production of practically everything.
June 25, 2019

State Transportation Funding Boosts Can't Replace Federal Dollars, Road Builders Say

Dave Bauer, the CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, says the Trump administration and Congress need to pitch in to help states accomplish their transportation goals.
June 19, 2019

As Climate Laws Pass Elsewhere, Oregon Republicans Go to the Extreme to Not

The Trump administration is rolling back carbon dioxide emissions regulations. Meanwhile, states are divided on whether to raise their clean air standards.
June 11, 2019

Batteries or Hydrogen? Cities Weigh the Best Way for Buses to Go Electric

As transit agencies move away from fossil fuels, they are figuring out which environmentally friendly option is right for them.
June 7, 2019

Can America's Biggest Ports Go Green?

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have set an audacious goal: reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to zero.
June 6, 2019

First Bags Then Straws: The Next Front in the War on Plastic

States are wading into what used to be a local issue, and styrofoam containers are their next target in the effort to reduce waste that pollutes the environment.
May 29, 2019

The Revival of a Once-Bustling Airport

The airline industry has changed, forcing cities to rethink the role their airports play. Pittsburgh has.
May 28, 2019

Mayors Appear Increasingly Concerned About Infrastructure

More than half of mayors discussed it during their annual State of the City addresses this year -- double the number four years ago.
May 28, 2019

Is New York’s Plan to Fight Rising Sea Levels a Model for Other Cities?

“They’re trying to think from a new perspective. My hope is that we’ll see more of this boldness.”
May 23, 2019

In Tribe v. State Cases, Court Shifts Support to Native Americans

The Supreme Court, once feared by tribal advocates, ruled twice this year in favor of tribal rights. It’s set to decide another case soon.
May 14, 2019

Despite Funding Fights, High-Speed Rail Progresses in 3 States

The Trump administration is pulling some federal funding from California. But that project and others like it are quickly moving forward.
April 30, 2019

Will the Infrastructure Package Address Public Housing's Problems?

Roads and bridges get most of the attention, but America’s public housing is crumbling too, advocates told Congress on Tuesday.
April 23, 2019

Not Just Toll Roads Anymore: Governments Find New Uses for P3s

State and local officials are striking long-term deals with private companies to upgrade airports, college campuses and prisons.
April 5, 2019

Arizona Becomes the First to Recognize Out-of-State Job Licenses

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that makes it easier for people to move there by letting them automatically transfer their occupational licenses from other states.
April 1, 2019

States Worry About the Downside of Low Unemployment

Is the strong job market hiding a growing skills gap?
March 28, 2019

After NYC, Will Los Angeles Be Next to Consider Congestion Pricing?

Charging $4 to drive in certain parts of Los Angeles could cut incoming traffic and greenhouses gases by a fifth, according to a new study.
March 26, 2019

8 Ways to Improve State DOTs, According to Smart Growth Advocates

State transportation departments are often criticized for being too highway-centric. Here are some suggestions for changing that.
March 20, 2019

Suburban Atlanta Voters Block Transit Expansion

This marks the third time Gwinnett County has rejected a plan to expand the city's public transit. But advocates hope the defeat is only temporary.
March 12, 2019

North Dakota's Massive Effort to Avoid Floods

Fargo, North Dakota’s most populous city, faces the threat of flooding nearly every spring. It’s taken a lot of creativity and cooperation to agree on a solution.
March 12, 2019

America Has a Sewage Problem

Faulty septic systems are making pollution and health problems worse in much of the country. What we don’t know is how much worse.
February 28, 2019

Last Year Was the Deadliest for Pedestrians Since 1990

Pedestrian deaths continue to climb, even as other traffic fatalities decline. Nearly half of the deaths occurred in just five states.
February 26, 2019

45 Cents a Gallon? 20? 18? Midwest Governors Float Major Gas Tax Hikes

Three governors -- two Democrats and a Republican -- say the big tax hikes are needed to address their road and transportation problems.
February 19, 2019

Supreme Court Will Wade Into Clean Water Dispute

A case over a Hawaii wastewater treatment plant could redefine the scope of the federal law that regulates pollution in lakes, rivers, streams and oceans.
February 12, 2019

How Bad Is America's Infrastructure Crisis? Maybe Not As Bad As It Seems.

While the transportation industry is pushing Congress to pass a new infrastructure plan, a Brown University economist warns that new construction might not get the bang-for-the-buck that proponents claim.
February 7, 2019

State, Local Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Infrastructure Plan

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti both told members of Congress how they campaigned to raise their constituents’ taxes for infrastructure, and emerged victorious.
January 29, 2019

After Toxic Beaches and Waterways, Florida Eyes Septic Tank Upgrades

Officials increasingly want to move away from underground waste storage systems, which can leak chemicals that fuel toxic algal blooms.
January 23, 2019

Still Separate After All These Years: How Schools Fuel White Flight

Segregated schools aren’t just the products of segregated neighborhoods. In many cases, predominantly white schools are driving the racial divide.
January 23, 2019

How States and Cities Reinforce Racial Segregation in America

The black-white divide is still a major problem. Government policies are partially to blame.
January 23, 2019

How Housing Policies Keep White Neighborhoods So White (and Black Neighborhoods So Black)

Decades of local zoning regulations and land-use policies have kept racial segregation firmly rooted in place.
January 23, 2019

How Police and Anti-Crime Measures Reinforce Segregation

Cities' efforts to get tough on crime can make it harder for low-income residents to find good jobs and housing.
January 22, 2019

Speeding Kills, and Safety Group Says States Should Take It More Seriously

America has seen little progress in reducing speeding deaths for decades.
January 14, 2019

As Shutdown Stretches On, Transportation Officials Worry About Long-Term Effects

Local transit agencies are being hit harder than state highway departments. But the shutdown is only part of the problem for transportation funding.
January 9, 2019

Lead in School Water: Less Than Half the States Test for It, and Fewer Require It

Federal regulations neither require schools to test their water nor have a single health standard for drinking water. The resulting patchwork of state policies can have a big impact on how -- and whether -- they respond to lead found in water.
January 9, 2019

What's the 'Dutch Reach'? 2 U.S. States Adopt It to Save Cyclists' Lives

Changing the way Americans open their car doors can help prevent cyclist injuries and fatalities.
January 3, 2019

Master of the Middle: How America’s Longest-Serving Senate Leader Stays in Power

Maryland’s Mike Miller has been in charge for more than 30 years.
December 11, 2018

Citing Racial Disparities, Cities Rethink Punishment for Transit Fare Evasion

Should jumping the turnstile be treated as a crime or a civil violation akin to missing a toll?
November 27, 2018

Scooters Are Suddenly Everywhere. What Should Cities Be Doing About It?

Seemingly overnight, e-scooter companies have set up shop in more than 100 cities.
November 13, 2018

With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles

Supporters of additional funding for transportation have plenty of reasons to smile after last week’s elections, but that doesn’t mean they can stop worrying.
November 7, 2018

Midwest Turns Bluer as Local Concerns Outweigh National Issues

A handful of Democratic wins in governors' races resulted in a Midwest that's more politically balanced than in recent years.
November 7, 2018

Transportation Funding Changes Fail at the Ballot Box

Voters in Colorado, Missouri and Utah rejected new money sources for roads, while Californians opted to keep a recent gas tax hike.
November 7, 2018

Voters Reject, Again, What Would Have Been the Nation’s First Carbon Tax

For the second time in two years, Washington state voters opted not to tax greenhouse gas pollution.
November 6, 2018

The Road Funding Policy That Doesn't Improve Roads Much

Voters in Connecticut approved a transportation "lockbox." But historically, they do little to address transportation funding problems.
November 6, 2018

As Federal Plan Nears, Florida Voters Say 'No' to Offshore Drilling

The Trump administration expects to release a new draft of the proposal to expand offshore drilling "by year's end." Meanwhile, Florida voters sent a message expressing their opposition.
October 23, 2018

In Governors’ Races, Potholes and Pipes Become Major Issues

Both Democrats and Republicans are talking about infrastructure investment on the campaign trail, but only one party tends to have more detailed and ambitious plans.
September 13, 2018

Fire Departments Struggle to Meet New Demands

The job of a firefighter has changed almost beyond recognition. That, combined with lagging pay and personnel problems, is making it difficult to recruit enough of them.
September 11, 2018

On Eve of Global Climate Summit, 19 U.S. Cities Launch Electric Car Effort

Their purchasing pledge is a small but symbolic step toward reducing greenhouse gases.
September 11, 2018

Transit Advocates: Is the White House Purposefully Delaying Project Funds?

Advocates say the Federal Transit Administration is sitting on nearly $1.8 billion that’s supposed to help build light rail lines, streetcars and subway improvements. Delaying these projects, they argue, could increase costs for local transit agencies.
August 20, 2018

To Be, or to Disband? A Question Facing Shrinking Towns

One official in Pennsylvania wants to make it easier for municipalities to disincorporate.
August 14, 2018

Can States Tax Gas Stations on Tribal Lands?

After years of fights between Washington state and the Yakama Nation, the debate is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.
August 13, 2018

Out of Office But Not Out of the Conversation

Wisconsin's longtime transportation secretary stepped down last year but is still feuding with lawmakers.
August 1, 2018

Elon Musk Has Big Ideas, But Can Cities Make Them a Reality?

His vision for a network of tunnels in Los Angeles and Chicago shows that even the newest technology has its limits.
July 17, 2018

Rhode Island's Governor Isn't a Conventional Democrat. Will That Help or Hurt Her in November?

Gina Raimondo, a former venture capitalist with blue-collar ties who has made job creation her No. 1 priority, could face a tough reelection.
July 17, 2018

'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry

The state and county have failed to fix the unsanitary conditions for years, and at times threatened to arrest citizens over them. An outbreak of a once-eradicated disease has prompted the United Nations to get involved.
June 27, 2018

Supreme Court Deals Major Setback to Public Unions

The 5-4 decision -- that employees can opt out of paying fees to unions that represent them -- could invalidate laws in more than 20 states and significantly weaken unions across the country.
June 25, 2018

Along Stretches of Highway, States Eye New Ad Opportunities

Federal law makes it hard for states to capitalize on one of their biggest assets: their highway systems. But that hasn’t stopped state officials from trying.
June 13, 2018

Maine Tests a New Way of Voting, and Opts to Keep It

On Tuesday, the state became the first to use ranked-choice voting, a system that could prevent “spoiler” candidates from causing havoc in crowded races.
June 11, 2018

These Smarter Stoplights Could Be Lifesavers

New traffic signals in Detroit are designed to help pedestrians, cyclists and ambulances get through intersections, while helping traffic planners test safety improvements quickly.
June 7, 2018

How Long Can a State Go Without Repairing Roads and Bridges?

Mississippi is about to find out. Decades of neglect have closed hundreds of bridges, putting the state at the forefront of America's infrastructure fight.
June 6, 2018

In Governors Races, Republican Survives in California While Women Thrive Elsewhere

Tuesday's primaries were a win for the California GOP and women, who advanced in four of the five states voting on candidates for governor.
May 29, 2018

After Flint, Michigan Pushes Toughest Lead Water Rules in the Country

Michigan regulators want to eliminate lead service lines by 2040. But water utilities say that would be too costly, unrealistic and maybe even unnecessary.
May 23, 2018

Will Teacher Strikes Influence the Supreme Court's Union Ruling?

Comments about "labor peace" during the February hearing didn't attract a lot of attention at the time. But since then, labor protests have spread across the country.
May 17, 2018

Long Adversaries, Automakers Now Want to Work With California on Emissions

The Trump administration, though, doesn't appear willing to bring the state to the table when crafting new standards. That puts automakers in a tough spot.
May 14, 2018

Pedestrian Deaths Are Rising. One Big Reason? SUVs

Local leaders are trying to figure out how to respond to the growing number of SUV-related fatalities while more Americans are choosing bigger cars.
May 8, 2018

Nashville's Epic Transit Defeat Offers Hard Lessons for Advocates

The city's new mayor has vowed to start working on a new transit proposal, just days after voters rejected a $5.4 billion plan by a 2-1 margin.
May 2, 2018

Dockless Bike Shares Made a Big Splash. But Where Are The Riders?

In their first year, dockless bike-share services helped double the number of shared bikes on the street. But those bikes are barely used, compared to station-based cycles.
May 1, 2018

Who Ruined Illinois?

Everyone knows the state is a mess. It wasn’t always that way.
April 27, 2018

In Illinois' Ongoing Budget Crisis, She's the Woman Deciding Who Gets Paid

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza must determine who the cash-strapped state pays and who has to wait. A long-running feud with Gov. Bruce Rauner -- she calls him "a madman running this state into the ground" -- makes things decidedly more difficult.
April 23, 2018

'Pedal Pubs' Gain Popularity, Putting Cities on the Spot

Bar-hopping party bikes, which let a dozen or more people pedal through popular destinations, don’t fit neatly under traffic laws.
April 17, 2018

Supreme Court Not Sold on Ending Online Sales Tax Ban

The justices pressed attorneys on Tuesday about the potential consequences of overturning the court’s 26-year-old ruling.
April 11, 2018

4 Ways Uber Wants to Expand Its Services

Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the company wants to partner with cities and be more than just a rideshare.
April 9, 2018

More Poorer Residents Are Driving Cars, Presenting New Issues for Transit Agencies

More lower-income households have access to cars now than they did before the Great Recession. That’s good news for their access to jobs, but it may cause cities to rethink their assumptions about transportation.
April 2, 2018

Transportation Tragedies Shine Light on Pedestrian Infrastructure Needs

Many advocates say the deadly bridge collapse in Florida and driverless car incident in Arizona show how poorly transportation networks handle pedestrians.
March 27, 2018

The Four-Letter Word Changing Daily Commutes

Paying an extra toll for rush hour driving isn’t a popular idea with many motorists. But its time seems to have come. Is it here to stay?
March 26, 2018

Washington Metro May Finally Fix Its 40-Year-Old Funding Problem

The transit agency has long been divided along regional lines. But it looks like local leaders may be able to put aside those differences to provide the troubled agency with long-term funding.
March 21, 2018

Both Illinois Candidates for Governor Avoid the State’s Most Pressing Issue

Neither Gov. Bruce Rauner nor his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, are keen on talking about a topic both wealthy men purportedly know a lot about: money. At least not as it relates to the state's perennial budget problems.
March 9, 2018

As Trump Threatens to Kill New York Tunnel Project, Its Leader Responds

"There’s an important principle here that affects not just Gateway but every major project in the country," says the head of the project that advocates call one of the nation's most crucial.
March 6, 2018

The Pact Changing How Governments Respond to Disaster

In moments of disaster, local and federal resources are rarely enough. But another answer is emerging.
March 2, 2018

Washington Governor Admits Carbon Tax Defeat

Gov. Jay Inslee couldn’t get the votes in time to pass one of his top priorities: a tax on carbon dioxide pollution. It would have been the first tax of its kind in the country.
February 26, 2018

Supreme Court Justices Clash, Again, on Public Union Fees

The high court revisited an issue that has divided its members several times. The viability of public-sector unions could hang in the balance.
February 26, 2018

California Could Upend City Building Rules in Bid to Make Housing Cheaper

Housing prices in California continue to soar, in part because many cities have discouraged dense development. That’s led to a big fight in Sacramento over whether the state should force cities to allow apartment and condo buildings near transit stations.
February 14, 2018

The Bike-Share Company Trying to Bypass Cities

Most dockless bike-share companies want to work closely with cities. In Florida, Ofo has bigger plans that involve the state.
February 13, 2018

Can Congestion Pricing Fix Traffic Woes?

An idea that flopped a decade ago -- to charge people who drive into the center of New York City -- now has powerful backers.
February 11, 2018

Trump Infrastructure Plan Wants to Stop ‘Overreliance’ on Federal Money

The president’s long-awaited infrastructure plan pushes state and local governments to spend more but offers them a smoother path to getting federal regulatory approval.
February 8, 2018

What's Holding Driverless Cars Back? It's Not Tech. It's People, Says Michigan Governor

The roll-out of autonomous vehicles will be gradual, Gov. Rick Snyder said recently. But that doesn’t mean states should wait to address some of the technology’s potential downsides.
February 2, 2018

Why Transit Ridership Is Falling (Hint: It’s Not Just Uber)

A new study, done in Los Angeles, suggests that higher car ownership is actually most to blame.
February 1, 2018

All Aboard? The Uncertain Future of America's First Privately Built Railroad in Decades

Some say South Florida's Brightline can serve as a model for infrastructure development. But first, it has to be completed and prove it can make money.
January 29, 2018

Mayors Skeptical of Trump Infrastructure Plan

Mayors gathered in Washington last week worried that the White House’s plan would drain their resources. But they were hopeful that the new money could come directly to cities, instead of through the states.
January 25, 2018

Costs Balloon for California's High-Speed Rail

Even though the project will cost $2.8 billion more than planned, Gov. Jerry Brown still thinks it's worth it: "It'll last for 100 years, after all you guys are gone."
January 22, 2018

Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Put Onus on States

At a time when many state transportation officials are clamoring for more financial help from Washington, an outline of the president’s infrastructure plan depends heavily on an influx of state and private funds.
January 16, 2018

In New Governors’ Cabinets, Diversity Is Priority

Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy, both recently sworn in, are already making history.
January 16, 2018

With Gas Taxes in Peril, More States Study Alternatives

The idea of charging drivers for the miles they drive instead of the gas they burn is not new. But states are still sorting out how it might work.
January 10, 2018

Trump Drops Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan, and Other States Ask: What About Us?

The Trump administration's sudden reversal on Tuesday sparked a backlash among the other state leaders who have voiced opposition to the plan to drastically expand oil and gas drilling off their coasts.
January 8, 2018

Vision Zero Touted as Traffic Deaths Hit Historic Lows in 2 Major Cities

The milestones come at a time for New York and San Francisco when the number of traffic deaths nationwide has been on the rise.
January 3, 2018

Cities Debut Semi-Dockless Bike Shares

A major bike share company is rolling out a new service that it says offers the best of both dock-based and dockless systems.
December 22, 2017

The Federal Tax Overhaul May Boost States’ Bottom Lines, But Some Governors Don’t Want the Money

Any new windfall for states is certain to set off a battle in legislatures about how to spend it.
December 11, 2017

Beyond the Bus: ‘Microtransit’ Helps Cities Expand Transportation Services

After several private companies tried -- and failed -- to deliver on-demand group transit, some cities are now building those services themselves.
December 8, 2017

As More Prisons Shutter, Governments Wonder What to Do With Them

Distilleries? Homeless shelters? Museums? There are lots of creative ideas for repurposing old lockups. But finding one that's good for the economy -- and wins approval -- isn't easy.
December 5, 2017

Don’t Rush New Sexual Harassment Policies, Some Women Lawmakers Warn

The Illinois legislature was one of the first in the country to confront the fallout of the #metoo movement. Lawmakers there worry that going too fast could result in faulty policies.
November 27, 2017

The GOP Tax Bills Are Infrastructure Bills Too. Here’s Why.

Congressional Republicans are pushing a major overhaul of the country’s tax code. Many of the ideas they’re debating could have a big impact on infrastructure.
November 13, 2017

Tickets? Puh-leez. There Are Lots of New Ways to Pay Bus and Train Fares.

With new technology, passengers get the convenience of using either their phones or a versatile fare card. But making things simpler for customers is no easy task.
November 7, 2017

As Gas Companies Prepare Pollution Settlements, New Jersey Voters Limit How They Can Be Spent

The state is poised to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from BP, ExxonMobil, Shell and Sunoco.
October 31, 2017

Inside the Crucial (and Costly) Fight to Fix New York’s Tunnels

One of the most expensive infrastructure projects in American history is also one of the most vital. But no one knows how to pay for it.
October 27, 2017

When Polluters Pay States for Their Damage, Who Should Benefit?

Poised for settlement money from gas companies, New Jersey voters will decide next month whether it should be spent on the environment -- or balancing the state budget.
October 23, 2017

Louisiana Voters OK Measure to Tighten Transportation Spending

The public approved changes to how future gas tax money can be spent. But it’s largely a symbolic measure unless lawmakers approve a hike in the state’s gas tax.
October 18, 2017

As Outcry Over Sexual Harassment Grows, Focus Shifts to State Legislatures

Women in state capitols are saying #MeToo.
October 11, 2017

Highway Funding Impasse Hits Home in Milwaukee

A major highway expansion is now on hold because Wisconsin Republicans couldn’t agree on how to pay for it.
October 9, 2017

A Month After Hurricane Irma, Florida Cities Are Still Struggling to Clean Up

Local governments and private contractors can't find enough people and equipment to haul away debris.
October 3, 2017

Supreme Court Appears Divided in Partisan Gerrymandering Case

At issue is how to decide when legislative voting maps are illegally partisan. At Tuesday's hearing, Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concerns about how the case could impact the "status" and "integrity" of the Supreme Court itself.
October 2, 2017

Dockless Bike Shares Are Here. Are Cities Ready for Them?

A new wave of companies could disrupt the way city bike-share programs are run.
September 25, 2017

As Disasters Grow More Frequent, How Should States and Cities Prepare?

While Texas and Florida recover from hurricanes, other communities are looking at what they can do to prepare for flooding and other disasters. We talked to an expert in disaster planning to get her advice.
September 18, 2017

Buses, Yes Buses, Are 'the Hottest Trend in Transit'

Technology, declining ridership and changing demographics have spurred cities across the country to redesign bus systems that are more convenient. It's no easy task.
September 11, 2017

Septic Tank Pollution in the Hamptons? It's a Problem Local Officials Are Trying to Solve.

After decades of avoiding the pollution they cause, New York's Suffolk County is finally taking on the issue.
August 31, 2017

Trump Wants States and Cities to Pay More for Infrastructure

The White House said this week that it also aims to cut red tape. Many state and local officials like the idea of less regulations but fear less funding.
August 28, 2017

Court Case in Maryland Could Threaten P3s Nationwide

A judge’s last-minute demand for new ridership projections for a light rail line in the Washington suburbs could make investors think twice about working with the government.
August 24, 2017

On the Texas Border, Building Infrastructure Is Hard. Critics Say It's About to Get Harder.

The state's budget cuts target "colonias," makeshift subdivisions of mostly poor people outside city limits.
August 14, 2017

Speeding Plays an Even Bigger Role in Traffic Deaths Than We Thought, Say Feds

The National Transportation Safety Board wants governments to crack down on speeding, which claims as many traffic deaths as drunk driving. But the hard question is: How?
August 10, 2017

States Hope to Make One of the Dirtiest, Deadliest Jobs a Little Safer

Garbage workers are killed on the job more often than police or firefighters.
July 24, 2017

How One of America’s Hottest Cities Is Making Summer a Little More Bearable

Dangerous heat isn't new to Phoenix, but its efforts to keep people safe in triple-digit temperatures are.
July 24, 2017

In Navajo Nation, Bad Roads Can Mean Life or Death

Native Americans who live on the reservation in Utah are used to having to fight for basic government services. But they’d at least like roads that can reliably transfer patients to the ER and kids to school.
July 18, 2017

On Infrastructure, California Goes Back to Basics

The state's transportation chief calls a new $54 billion transportation package monumental. But the projects it funds will be more mundane than monumental.
July 10, 2017

Greener City Streets Aren't Just About Traffic. They're About Rainwater, Too.

As cities push to become more environmentally friendly, transportation planners are being asked to consider how both traffic and water flows through their streets.
June 26, 2017

Why the Latest News on Marijuana and Car Crashes Has Some Experts Skeptical

Other studies have found no significant effect in the number of crashes since the first three states legalized marijuana sales.
June 26, 2017

The Idaho City at the Center of the Refugee Controversy

A refugee center in Twin Falls has endured many months of anti-immigrant hostility -- and emerged stronger as a result.
June 23, 2017

Cities Revive an Old Idea to Become More Pedestrian-Friendly

“Pedestrian scrambles” surged in popularity half a century ago. Some places are bringing them back.
June 12, 2017

Cities Are Trying to End Pedestrian Deaths. New Data Suggests They're Making Progress.

The Vision Zero traffic-safety campaign depends on using data to identify dangerous conditions. Now that data is getting even better.
May 22, 2017

Should Struggling Airports Be Turned Over to Companies?

St. Louis International could become the largest airport in the country under private control.
May 19, 2017

How a Lawmaker Who Created Colorado's First 'Public Lands Day' Is Celebrating

In another state.
May 12, 2017

New P3s May Finally Bridge the Digital Divide

Many municipalities are forming public-private partnerships to bring high-speed Internet to long-neglected places. Their approaches, however, vary widely.
May 8, 2017

Raising the Gas Tax Is No Longer Taboo In Many States

Nearly half the states have increased fuel taxes in the past five years, suggesting it's perhaps not the political risk it was once thought to be.
May 3, 2017

Iowa Farmers Won a Water Pollution Lawsuit, But at What Cost?

A utility's novel attempt to force farmers to curb pollution in rivers failed. Now the utility is on the hook for millions of dollars to protect the region's drinking water.
April 27, 2017

Can Road Rage Stop Colorado's Plan to Expand a Highway?

The state wants to expand an already hated highway in an impoverished Denver neighborhood. The neighbors are fighting back.
April 24, 2017

A New Idea to Fight Silicon Valley Sprawl

Critics say suburban headquarters for companies like Apple and Google contribute to traffic and sprawl. The solution may lie in better connections to transit.
April 10, 2017

Your Image of a Firehouse Is Probably Wrong

As the demands on fire departments have grown in recent years, modern firehouses have had to change with them.
April 5, 2017

The End of Local Laws? War on Cities Intensifies in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott, an outspoken critic of federal overreach, recently suggested that his state should adopt a "ban across the board" on local regulations.
March 27, 2017

Transportation Advocates to Trump: Where's the Money?

The president's budget proposal has many in the industry worried that he might break his promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure.
March 27, 2017

Walking While Black: New Research Examines Why It's So Dangerous

Non-white pedestrians die at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts. Recent studies suggest drivers' prejudices may be to blame.
March 13, 2017

To Speed Up Infrastructure Projects, Trump Revisits Environmental Regs

The White House's push to build more infrastructure -- and quickly -- will likely bring changes to some of the country's most iconic environmental laws.
March 9, 2017

Engineers Give America's Infrastructure D+, Again

But it's not all bad news. The American Society of Civil Engineers reports that some types of infrastructure have improved.
March 9, 2017

In Unconventional Courtroom, a Little Respect Goes a Long Way

Brooklyn, N.Y., has one of the most innovative courts in the country -- not just for its approach toward defendants but also for its success in reducing recidivism.
February 27, 2017

After Flint, Feds and Some States Speed Up Time for Notifying Public About Lead-Contaminated Water

Before the new laws, utilities let residents unknowingly drink toxic water for months.
February 17, 2017

How a Brooklyn Brewmaster Helped Make New York City Safer for Pedestrians

The story starts with a trip to Scandinavia.
February 13, 2017

These Places Lost the Smart Cities Challenge. But They Say They Ended Up Ahead.

Even though Denver and Austin came up just short in the federal technology competition, both are moving forward with their ideas.
February 6, 2017

The Swedish-Inspired Way American Cities Are Trying to End Pedestrian Deaths

As dozens of cities try to emulate Sweden's success, they're learning what works and what doesn't.
January 30, 2017

As Gas-Tax Profits Decline, More States May Turn to Tolls

Some states are seeking to fill funding holes and potholes with toll money. But it's an uphill battle.
January 17, 2017

In Final Push, U.S. Transportation Secretary Calls on Leaders to Rethink Their Mission

Outgoing Anthony Foxx says the industry needs to work more cooperatively to plan for the future.
January 5, 2017

L.A.'s Mayor on Trump, the Irony of Urban Politics and 'Un-American' Ideas

Eric Garcetti has big plans for Los Angeles, and he's not letting the new administration get in the way.
December 19, 2016

Mayors Vow Not to Let Feds Trump Their Climate Change Fight

As the new administration likely backs away from Obama's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, mayors are stepping up their efforts.
December 8, 2016

FEMA's Plan to Make States Pay More for Disasters

It's one of the many ideas and practices that Craig Fugate, the agency's outgoing leader, hopes the Trump administration will adopt. Among the others: rescuing pets.
December 6, 2016

Forget the Boot, Parking Enforcers. Meet the ‘Barnacle.’

Two cities are testing a new, safer way to immobilize vehicles when their drivers haven’t paid parking tickets.
December 6, 2016

Biden and Trump Agree on One Thing: LaGuardia Airport Needs an Upgrade

And it's getting one, in part thanks to the nation's largest public-private partnership.
December 6, 2016

LAX's Makeover Inspires Airport Changes Around the Country

Los Angeles is spending billions to revamp its airport. The move is spurring other cities to make similar investments.
November 22, 2016

Private Companies Face Big Fines for Commuter Rail Problems

As delays and safety issues continue on privatized transit systems, that arrangement is getting new scrutiny.
November 9, 2016

Nevadans Vote to Dismantle the State's Electric Monopoly

The ballot measure to make the state’s electric utility compete for business was backed by a group of heavy hitters in Nevada politics.
November 9, 2016

Unions See Spotty Right-to-Work Results in Alabama, Virginia

Business leaders and Republican legislators want to make laws that limit the power of labor unions permanent. In one state, they just did.
November 9, 2016

Washington State Rejects What Would Have Been Nation's First Carbon Tax

The ballot measure, which was meant to curb pollution, had even divided environmentalists.
November 9, 2016

Solar Measure Fails in the Sunshine State

Voters rejected a controversial measure that pit environmentalists versus electric utilities.
November 9, 2016

In Cash-Strapped States, Voters Protect Transportation Funds

Illinois and New Jersey are joining the growing number of states that restrict how transportation money can be spent.
November 1, 2016

Fixing the Nation’s Second Busiest Transit System, From Every Direction

Washington, D.C.’s Metro has many daunting problems, partially because of the unique way it’s funded and managed. Its new management team is tasked with fixing all of them.
October 25, 2016

How State Elections Could Affect Road Funding

The victors in down-ballot races could determine what approaches states take toward fixing up rundown roads and infrastructure in the years to come.
October 24, 2016

Are Voter ID Laws Dead? That Depends.

Judges are starting to strike down the laws, calling them racist. But their survival depends on the outcome of the November election.
September 30, 2016

Race, Redistricting, Religion and Death Penalty Top U.S. Supreme Court's New Docket

An evenly divided court could decide the fate of many cases watched closely by state and local officials.
September 27, 2016

States May Downshift Regulations for Driverless Cars

The federal government told states to take a backseat. While some will likely listen, others may push their plans full speed ahead anyway.
August 30, 2016

In Flint's Aftermath, Water Will Run by New Rules

The water crisis in Michigan highlighted major problems with not just federal regulations but the way localities enforce them. That's all likely to change soon.
August 23, 2016

Big Transit Plans Go Before Voters in November

The proposals could reshape several large U.S. cities for decades to come -- if they pass.
August 18, 2016

In South Dakota, Voters Get Rare Chance to Transform Politics

Advocates around the country are weighing in on ballot measures that would drastically change South Dakota's elections, weaken the state’s Republican Party and send a message all over.
August 10, 2016

Coming Soon to D.C. Sidewalks: Delivery Robots

Washington, D.C., will be the first U.S. city to let a European company test its technology that replaces delivery drivers.
July 27, 2016

Some Officials Are Getting Schooled in Running Elections

At a time when the job of elections administration is becoming more complex and more scrutinized, a major university has started formal training.
July 26, 2016

Why Water in Schools Is So Susceptible to Lead Poisoning

New York is set to become the first state to require schools to regularly test their water for lead. But it's far from the only place with the problem.
July 25, 2016

Tim Kaine: The 3 Lessons I Learned From Local Government

Hillary Clinton's running mate is one of the few people in American history to serve as a mayor, governor and U.S. senator. (Oh yeah, he was also a city council member.)
July 15, 2016

The Week in Politics: New Kansas Voter ID Rules, Ferguson's Legacy and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
July 15, 2016

With Pence Pick, Trump Defies VP Traditions

Governors seem like obvious vice presidential candidates. But Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is only the second governor to run for VP since 1972.
July 11, 2016

Before Castile Shooting, Minnesota's Racial Justice Movement Was Already Underway

The governor said it's time to confront racism. Groups like Black Lives Matter have been trying for years.
June 28, 2016

Bike Share Isn’t Just for Big Cities

Smaller communities are increasingly adopting bike-sharing programs. But they look a lot different than those in big cities.
June 24, 2016

The Week in Politics: Presidential Politics Hits Statehouses, a Race to Replace a Convict and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
June 23, 2016

Why Columbus Won the Smart City Challenge

The Ohio capital beat out 77 other cities, including techie San Francisco, with its plans to use technology to solve transportation problems.
June 23, 2016

Why an Unmowed Capitol Lawn Could Be a Sign of Good Management

Sometimes the most efficient thing to do is to not do something.
June 17, 2016

Streetcars: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Slow to build and expensive to operate, streetcars could be the most maligned mode of transportation in America. Still, cities keep building them.
June 15, 2016

When Uber Leaves, What Happens?

Uber and Lyft have stopped or threatened to stop serving cities around the country. When they actually do, start-ups and riders scramble to fill the hole.
June 8, 2016

For Highways, a Quest to Draw a Better Map

Missouri is driving the push to make state highway maps more accurate and easier to update.
June 6, 2016

How Obama Changed the Relationship Between Washington, the States and the Cities

States haven’t been the willing political partners President Obama once hoped they would be. He’s found some ways to work around that.
May 24, 2016

Oregon Gets Company in Testing Gas Tax Alternatives

As the gas tax brings in less and less revenue, states are watching Oregon and California as they experiment with different ways to charge by mile.
May 20, 2016

The Secret to a Successful Bike Share

Seattle’s struggle to attract riders reveals what makes a bike-share program thrive -- or in the Emerald City’s case, barely survive.
May 11, 2016

New York City's Trying to Fight Gentrification Before It Happens

The city is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help keep certain neighborhoods affordable. But it might be making things worse.
May 9, 2016

Is Fingerprinting Uber and Lyft Drivers Actually Safer?

Ride-hailing companies argue it's not, which is why they refuse to do it and are backing out of cities that try to make them. But security experts and public officials think otherwise.
May 4, 2016

Alabama’s One-Man Pension Show

He’s not the governor. He’s not a lawmaker. But thanks to the way he runs his state’s pension plans, David Bronner may be the most powerful man in Alabama.
April 29, 2016

The Week in Politics: Business Tycoon Upsets Utah Governor's Race, Where Veterans Are Serving in Legislatures and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
April 28, 2016

Massachusetts’ Unlikely Transit Team

The state’s secretary of transportation, Stephanie Pollack, is a liberal in a conservative administration and an advocate in an administrative post. But she’s making it work.
April 27, 2016

D.C. Commuters Could Go Airborne

The city may build an aerial gondola to shuttle people into and out of its oldest neighborhood.
April 26, 2016

Fingerprint Uber Drivers? Voters to Decide

How people in Austin, Texas, vote next month on background checks for ride-hailing drivers could have big consequences for cities across the country.
April 15, 2016

Can New Mexico Refuse Tax Refunds to Immigrants?

New Mexico is holding on to more than $4 million in tax refunds from thousands of undocumented immigrants. They're suing the state to get their money back.
April 8, 2016

Cities Create Their Own, Greener Transit Apps

In an effort to help people become less car-dependent, cities like Denver are getting directly involved in the creation of transportation apps.
April 6, 2016

Why Women Could Be the Key to Curbing Water Pollution

In Minnesota, women will be paid to persuade resistant farmers to care and do something about the state's increasingly polluted waterways.
March 23, 2016

Flint Investigation Finds State Most Responsible for Water Crisis

A panel appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder acknowledges missteps at all levels of government, but says the state's governor, agencies and emergency managers are chiefly to blame.
March 22, 2016

Study: 'Sharing' Services Boost Transit

Public transit rarely competes for riders with the likes of Uber, Car2Go or bike sharing. Instead, the different transit modes help each other.
March 18, 2016

The Week in Politics: Police Shootings Oust Prosecutors, Voter ID Gets Tested and More

The most important election news and political dynamics at the state and local levels.
March 7, 2016

In Preparation for Driverless Cars, States Start Upgrading Roads

Here’s what some places are already doing to accommodate self-driving and connected vehicles.
March 7, 2016

When Regulating Self-Driving Cars, Who’s at the Wheel?

In order for driverless cars to conquer the road, someone has to write the rules for their use. Right now, it’s not clear who that someone will be.
March 4, 2016

The Libertarian on the Court Bench

One of the nation’s most prominent libertarian legal activists is the newest member of the Arizona Supreme Court.
February 23, 2016

A New Route for Funding Bridge Repairs: Truck Tolls

Rhode Island is likely the first U.S. state to toll truckers and use the money to fix its bridges, which are in the worst shape of any state.
February 17, 2016

Compromise Ends New Mexico's Yearslong Battle on Immigrant Licenses

The deal between the governor and lawmakers makes the state's driver's licenses compliant with federal law and more secure but also lets unauthorized immigrants drive legally.
February 16, 2016

L.A.'s Library of Open Data Sparks Better Government

The city has created a path for other municipalities to make it easier than ever for agencies to share information with the public and each other.
February 3, 2016

Flint Crisis Renews Calls to Replace All Lead Pipes in America

There are more than 7 million lead service lines nationwide, and replacing them isn't easy or cheap. But Flint on Tuesday pledged to join the few cities that have gotten rid of the dangerous infrastructure.
January 26, 2016

With a Year Left, U.S. Transportation Secretary Sets New Goals

Anthony Foxx wants to tear down infrastructure that isolates communities and overhaul the way federal transportation funding is distributed to states and cities.
January 25, 2016

Did California's Jail Reforms Cause an Uptick in Crime?

After voters eased penalties for several common crimes, opponents claim the reforms have led to a crime wave.
January 15, 2016

New Software Makes Transit Planning More Like Video Gaming

The technology could help agencies make bus and train routes more efficient and spur more public debate.
January 13, 2016

In Final SOTU, Obama Provokes One of His Biggest Barriers: GOP Governors

Republican governors have fought the president’s vision for America since he first took office. But he continues to push even their most-resisted policies.
January 5, 2016

What’s Keeping Pennsylvania From Passing a Budget?

Just like in Washington last year, Pennsylvania state lawmakers are still struggling to produce a state budget and avoid a partial government shutdown.
December 22, 2015

The Town That Can't Seem to Govern Itself

Colwyn, Pa., is a perfect example of what happens when virtually every aspect of local government breaks down.
December 21, 2015

To Avoid Losing Millions, States Tweak Gas Tax Laws

States that tie their taxes to the price of gas are in a tight spot as fuel prices hit six-year lows.
December 4, 2015

The Biggest Victim of Weekly Newspapers' Demise: Good Government

Alternative weekly newspapers are going out of business all over the country, leaving a huge void in local government coverage. Who will scrutinize city halls now?
December 2, 2015

A Decade in the Making, Congress Strikes a Deal on Transportation Funding

Here's how the new bill, which has been signed by Obama, will impact states and localities.
November 23, 2015

Water Utilities Target Private, Leaky Pipes

Hoping to keep pollution out of the water, agencies are looking for ways to convince -- sometimes compel -- property owners to inspect and repair them.
November 17, 2015

The Best Way to Prevent Drunk Driving? That's Debatable.

Advocates and states disagree over the effectiveness of ignition interlocks, which are basically car breathalyzers, versus 24/7 sobriety. Congress, though, will soon weigh in.
November 16, 2015

Can Governors Block Syrian Refugees From Their States?

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, more than half of the nation's governors -- almost all Republicans -- refused to accept Syrian refugees. Whether they have the authority to do so is questionable.
November 4, 2015

In Swing-State Ohio, Voters Limit Political Parties' Power

With the support of both Democrats and Republicans, voters ended some of the tactics that political parties use to increase their advantage in redistricting. It could be a big deal.
November 4, 2015

Texas Approves New Road Funding Plan

Voters approved a way to increase transportation funding without raising taxes or tolls. But some say it's a bad approach.
October 29, 2015

Congress Acts to Avoid Commuter Rail Shutdown

To avoid a traffic nightmare for millions of Americans, Congress is giving railroads more time to install a safety system to prevent deadly crashes.
October 28, 2015

Inside One State's Longest Budget Showdown in History

Businessman Bruce Rauner, the first Illinois governor with no prior political experience, promised to "shake up Springfield." Now he and lawmakers are locked in the state's longest budget showdown -- with no end in sight.
October 26, 2015

Roads Are Getting a Redesign

The ‘complete streets’ movement is reshaping urban boulevards, small-town main streets and even rural highways. But there are still plenty of bumps in the road.
October 20, 2015

Louisiana Voters Split on Transportation Funding

Voters agreed to invest taxpayer money into infrastructure but rejected a measure to divert money from the state's rainy day fund toward transportation.
October 19, 2015

Gabe Klein on Government Experimentation, Uber and Self-Driving Cars

A leader in urban innovation in both the public and private sectors, Gabe Klein offers lessons for local leaders around the country.
October 9, 2015

After Years of Court Orders, California's Prison Population Finally Hits Target

The state's notoriously overcrowded prisons are finally seeing some relief. But it wasn't the state that catalyzed the change -- it was the voters.
September 23, 2015

Crowded, Crumbling Roads Take Center Stage in Louisiana Governor's Race

The candidates promise to improve the roads and traffic -- but they haven't said how they'll find money to do it.
September 16, 2015

The New Tool Helping Cities Build Sustainably

Before constructing new infrastructure, government agencies are starting to evaluate projects' potential economic, environmental and social impacts first to prevent problems down the road.
September 2, 2015

Disabled in DC: How Taxis and Uber Might Be Worsening the Paratransit Problem

Washington, D.C., is turning to taxi cabs to help improve disabled people's access to transportation. But advocates worry the move may prove pointless because it exempts the ride-hailing industry.
September 1, 2015

Disabled in DC: How Full-Time, Quasi-Public Employees End Up on Government Assistance

Most cities contract out for jobs driving people with disabilities. The people in these positions often earn low wages, work long hours and sometimes even qualify for food stamps and Medicaid.
August 31, 2015

Disabled in DC: Coping With Increasing Costs and Demand for Paratransit

The challenges that the nation's capital faces to provide accessible and affordable transportation for people with disabilities reflect a nationwide struggle to live up to the ADA's promise.
August 26, 2015

States Step Up Scrutiny of Oil Trains

Some states are looking to prevent more derailments and spills, but the freight industry doesn't want more regulation.
August 17, 2015

How Car-Centric Cities Learned to Love Light Rail

While other cities have struggled to finance their existing transit, Sun Belt cities like Phoenix have embraced light rail as a way to transform urban life.
July 29, 2015

After Winter Woes, New Board Takes Control of Boston Transit

Historic snowstorms brought the city's buses and trains to a standstill for weeks. Is new leadership enough to get the agency back on track?
July 27, 2015

Wrestling With Dark History, This Time in Minnesota's Capitol

Even in a state that helped defeat the Confederacy, legacies of the Civil War era are raising tough questions in the state capitol today.
July 13, 2015

Can Funny Traffic Signs Save Drivers' Lives?

Highway agencies are increasingly using humor and wit to try to get people to drive safer.
June 24, 2015

States Take Larger Role in Passenger Rail

A federal law enacted in the late days of the Bush administration is starting to force states to take a closer look at local Amtrak routes that they subsidize.
June 3, 2015

Virginia Discovers P3 Projects Might Not Always Save Money

After a few high-profile setbacks, the state that's been a model for others interested in public-private partnerships is tempering its enthusiasm for them.
June 1, 2015

Farmers and Cities Play the Water Pollution Blame Game

The White House finalized a rule last week to strengthen the Clean Water Act. But it doesn't resolve the fights going on between urban and rural interests in Iowa and elsewhere over how to clean up.
May 27, 2015

A New P3 Model for Building Green Infrastructure

One Maryland county is testing a unique public-private partnership that would not only save money but also help the environment and local economy.
May 18, 2015

States, Not Just Feds, Struggle to Keep Gas Tax Revenue Flowing

According to a Governing analysis, two-thirds of states' fuel taxes have failed to keep up with inflation, forcing lawmakers to revisit the politically fraught issue of raising taxes.
May 5, 2015

How Much Did States Spend Battling This Winter?

A new survey tries to quantify for the first time how much it costs state transportation agencies to cope with snow and ice.
May 1, 2015

Los Angeles Sets the Track for the Safest, Smartest Train

Cities are supposed to implement positive train control by the end of this year, but many are lagging. Los Angeles, however, got a head start years ago.
April 29, 2015

Next Move Is Congress' in Transportation Funding Saga

Transportation advocates all agree on the need to boost the country's spending on roads, bridges and transit. But they, like Congress, are split on how to pay for it.
April 29, 2015

Supreme Court Rules States Can Restrict Judicial Campaigning

"Judges are not politicians," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in a 5-4 ruling.
April 14, 2015

How Cities Are Trying to Combat Toll Traffic

Transit agencies and companies have tried raising toll prices at peak times, but even that's not keeping drivers away, so they're looking for new ways to reduce congestion.
April 10, 2015

In Cities and Suburbs, Nearby Jobs Are Harder to Find

For most Americans, especially the poor and minorities, the number of jobs near home is declining.
April 8, 2015

The First New Rail Bridge to Mexico in More Than a Century

The 15-year effort required help, money and patience from two countries, one state and a railroad operator.
April 1, 2015

Gina Raimondo Confronts Rhode Island’s Uncertain Future

Rhode Island’s first female governor won support for her leadership during historic snowstorms, but it’s unclear whether courts or lawmakers will side with her on major pension and budget issues.
March 25, 2015

To Boost Employment, Town Considers Joining Private Sector

In a bid to give more jobs to residents of Akron, Ohio, Mayor Don Plusquellic wants to create a private entity to help the city build $1.4 billion in sewer improvements.
March 5, 2015

Alabama Suffers Setback in Railroad Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a freight railroad in its efforts to avoid paying sales tax on diesel fuel, but the legal challenge isn't over yet.
March 4, 2015

Some Cities May Soon Make Contractors Hire Local

Mayors say the U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program would help boost their local economies.
March 1, 2015

Why Cities Hit the Brakes on Red Light Cameras

The use of the once-popular traffic devices has been in decline since 2013.
February 25, 2015

Why Transportation Agencies Need More Women Engineers

North Carolina is trying to recruit girls for careers in engineering not only to fill anticipated vacancies but also because hiring more women could make the roads safer.
February 11, 2015

How Bruce Rauner Could Weaken Public Unions Nationwide

Illinois' new Republican governor wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the constitutionality of public-sector unions' funding sources.
February 9, 2015

Raising Gas Taxes Gets Bipartisan Boost from Governors

Fueled by low gas prices and deteriorating roads, at least a dozen states -- Democrat and Republican -- are considering increasing gas taxes this year.
February 2, 2015

What Obama's 2016 Budget Means for States and Localities

The president's budget would be a boon in a host of areas but also includes cuts to popular programs.
February 1, 2015

Suburbs Struggle to Aid the Sprawling Poor

Poverty in suburbs now outnumbers poverty in cities, a shift that’s put a major strain on public services and is easily visible in Austin, Texas.
January 28, 2015

Michigan Sends Road Funding Proposal to Voters

After several years, Gov. Rick Snyder has finally convinced lawmakers to spend more money on roads. There's one hitch: The state's voters have to approve the deal in May.
January 22, 2015

U.S. Transportation Chief Urges Mayors to Make Pedestrians a Priority

With pedestrian and cyclist deaths on the rise, Anthony Foxx challenged mayors to make the roads safer for both.
January 15, 2015

7 Ways Self-Driving Cars Could Impact States and Localities

Officials discussed the upcoming challenges earlier this week.
January 6, 2015

What Governors Want from Washington

Governors are busy preparing their agendas for state legislatures, but they have a to-do list for Congress too.
December 22, 2014

Washington, D.C., Looks to Bridge Divide with Bridge Park

A proposal to build a park over the Anacostia River would add a new landmark to the nation's capital and maybe help unite a long-divided city.
December 4, 2014

Utilities Worry Water's Becoming Unaffordable

Water bills have increased faster than any other and show no signs of slowing down, hitting low-income Americans the hardest.
December 1, 2014

Should Judges Be Allowed to Court Campaign Donors?

That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in a case that could make judicial elections even more like other political races.
November 24, 2014

Is the Federal Parking Benefit Worth $7 Billion a Year?

Transit advocates say the commuter parking benefit increases congestion and disproportionately benefits wealthy workers. But getting rid of it won't be easy.
November 6, 2014

What Midterm Election Results Mean for Transportation

Several victorious governors promised to find more money for transportation, while the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate may slow progress on a federal surface transportation bill.
November 5, 2014

Voters Split on Transportation Funding

Constitutional protections for transportation money passed with overwhelming margins in Maryland and Wisconsin, but a bid to create an infrastructure bank in Louisiana failed again.
November 5, 2014

California Reduces Penalties for Drug Use and Other Nonviolent Crimes

The state that once pioneered get-tough approaches on crime with its “three strikes” law is now headed in the opposite direction.
November 5, 2014

Massachusetts Rolls Back Automatic Gas Tax Hike

One of the biggest criticisms of the gas tax in most places is that it doesn’t keep up with inflation. Massachusetts voters decided they like it that way.
November 5, 2014

Oil-Rich North Dakota Rejects Conservation Funding Measure

Environmental groups spent nearly twice as much money as their opponents to set aside some oil revenue for protecting the land, but the ballot measure lost by a landslide.
November 4, 2014

Traffic-Tied Texans Tap Oil and Gas Taxes for Transportation

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to increase transportation spending.
November 4, 2014

Why Cyclist Groups Lashed Out on the Latest Bike Safety Report

An analysis by the Governors Highway Safety Association that called attention to an increase in cyclist deaths caused an uproar among bike advocates.
November 1, 2014

How Political Donors Are Changing Statehouse News Reporting

A growing share of statehouse reporting in state capitols across the country comes from conservative groups, blurring the lines between journalism and advocacy.
November 1, 2014

Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

The Occupy movement may be over, but some of its activists are still gaining influence in local government.
October 28, 2014

Increase in Bike Deaths Prompts Concerns

Most of the fatalities in the past three years happened in a handful of states and were adult men, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
October 27, 2014

3 States Consider Ways to Maximize Transportation Money

Voters in Louisiana, Maryland and Wisconsin will all weigh in on proposals that, supporters say, will make existing transportation resources go further.
October 23, 2014

North Dakota Fights over How to Spend Huge Oil Revenues

Conservation groups want to use oil taxes to protect the state's environment, but schools, businesses and the oil industry have different priorities. Voters will decide in November.
October 20, 2014

Why Texas May Tap Its Rainy Day Fund During Boom Times

The state's economy is attracting 1,500 new residents a day, but growth is costing billions of extra dollars in road and traffic maintenance every year.
October 15, 2014

With Overcrowded Prisons, Californians Could Soften Some Crimes' Penalties

Law enforcement says Proposition 47 is the wrong way to lower the state's prison populations.
October 10, 2014

Will Another State Repeal Automatic Gas Tax Hikes?

After two decades of leaving its gas tax untouched, Massachusetts tied the rate to inflation. In November, voters could join the list of states that repealed the automatic increase.
October 1, 2014

The Long-Term Cost of Building Transportation Projects on the Cheap

Factoring in the lifetime cost of new construction is considered good practice in the transportation industry, but surprisingly few government agencies do it.
October 1, 2014

The Driver Behind Public Transit’s Transformation in Atlanta

Keith Parker took over one of the most beleaguered and least loved transit systems in America -- and almost instantly reversed its course.
September 23, 2014

States Are Actually Driving Transportation Funding Declines

According to a new report, states' spending on transportation has dropped far more than the federal government's in the last decade.
September 22, 2014

Railroad Tax Fight Lands on Supreme Court Docket

Millions of dollars of tax revenue are at stake in a long-running dispute between Alabama and CSX. The decision could affect state tax systems nationwide.
September 9, 2014

Moody's Predicts Huge Potential for P3s

Public-private partnerships are still relatively new for most U.S. states, but analysts anticipate they will become more common.
September 1, 2014

Facing Climate Change, Cities Come to the Rescue

Lacking substantial state or federal support, local governments throughout the country are using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel and budgets better prepared for the next.
August 25, 2014

To Prevent Long Power Outages, Communities Look to Microgrids

As severe weather becomes more common, microgrids are gaining popularity as a way to keep the power on at critical facilities during widespread blackouts.
August 18, 2014

Alaska’s Oil and Identity at Stake on Ballot

In a state with an economy and government reliant on diminishing oil revenue, voters will decide whether to repeal a law that's designed to spur oil development but help the at-times corrupt oil industry.
August 11, 2014

Flagstaff Funds Wildfire Prevention with Bonds

The Arizona city is likely the only in the country to pay for wildfire prevention with bond money and is being looked to as a national model for leveraging federal funds.
July 28, 2014

Missouri Tax Hike Splits Transportation Advocates

Missourians will decide Tuesday whether to raise the state's sales tax to boost transportation funding.
July 16, 2014

Obama Wants Localities to Prepare for Climate Change

The Obama administration is taking action to help state and local governments prepare for climate change and natural disasters.
July 16, 2014

Local Governments Divided over New Clean Water Rules

After court rulings muddied up the law, new federal rules seek to clarify which bodies of water have to abide by the Clean Water Act.
July 11, 2014

The New Reality of Statehouse Reporting

While newspapers continue to cut their coverage of state capitols, a new study shows students and nonprofits are picking up some of the slack.
July 10, 2014

A Quiet Revolution in Trash Trucks

Garbage trucks get as little as 3 miles per gallon, making them prime targets in cities’ efforts to trim costs and curb greenhouse gas pollution.
July 1, 2014

Why Would You Have a Highway Run Through a City?

That’s what a growing number of cities are asking themselves -- Syracuse being the latest that may tear down its elevated urban expressway.
June 30, 2014

Star Players in World Cup Watch Parties: City Governments

Cities across the nation have teamed up with professional and minor league soccer teams to host public viewing parties to cheer on the United States.
June 23, 2014

Road Funding Bills Get Cold Shoulders at Statehouses

With elections looming, state lawmakers mostly left transportation funding alone.
June 23, 2014

Atlanta Shows What a Senior-Friendly Neighborhood Looks Like

Regional planners showcased a neighborhood with easy access to transportation, health services and entertainment. But it only lasted two days.
June 17, 2014

Some Cities Are Spurring the End of Sprawl

A new report claims there's an historic shift in suburbs from being car-dependent to walkable places, blurring the lines between "urban" and "suburban."
June 13, 2014

Localities Want More Say in Transportation Spending

Two years ago, Congress cut local leaders' role in deciding how federal money should be spent.
June 4, 2014

Under Scrutiny, States Trim List of Bad Bridges

All but nine states have decreased the number of "structurally deficient" bridges since the fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007. But experts warn that if Congress doesn't find the money to continue or increase current funding levels, the number of troubled bridges could start climbing again.
June 1, 2014

Should Private Companies Like Facebook Pay for Public Safety?

After the Silicon Valley city that Facebook calls home slashed its police services, Facebook put funding down for a new police officer.
May 29, 2014

How States Make Infrastructure Budgets

A new survey highlights the different approaches states take to manage long-term construction budgets.
May 28, 2014

Report: Keys to Successful Public-Private Partnerships

Flexibility, public engagement and predictability help attract outside money for infrastructure, experts say.
May 6, 2014

Motorcycle Deaths Decline in 2013

Cooler weather contributed to the rare dip, but safety experts say universal helmet laws are the best way to save lives in the long run.
May 2, 2014

Governors Push for Reforming the Revolving Door of Fire-Fighting Funding

As states and localities burn through federal fire-fighting funds faster than predicted, they worry the federal government will once again cut fire prevention programs to make up the difference.
May 1, 2014

Public Sector Takes Sides in Patent-Troll Fight

Transit agencies and public universities have a lot at stake while corporate heavyweights clash over state and congressional efforts to rein in “patent trolls.”
April 29, 2014

Obama Administration Unveils Transportation Spending Plan

With the "Grow America Act," the Obama administration wants to spur Congress to find money for roads, rail and transit before the federal government runs out of transportation money this summer.
April 22, 2014

Transit Agencies Turn to Alternative Fuels

Both environmental and budget concerns are prompting American municipal transportation agencies to turn away from diesel.
April 21, 2014

Facing an Uptick in Earthquakes, Oklahoma Consults California

After a dramatic increase in earthquakes that puts it behind only three other states in seismic activity, the Sooner State is worried about its bridges.
April 14, 2014

Congressional Inaction on Road Funding Hits the States

Concerned that Congress won't find enough money for planned projects by summer, Arkansas and Tennessee have scaled back transportation work. Other states are pondering similar moves.
February 26, 2013

Red-Light Cameras Keep Popping Up Despite Public, Legislative Outcry

This year, lawmakers in 22 states have filed more than 100 bills dealing with traffic cameras.