A Frustrating Hassle Holding Electric Cars Back: Broken Chargers

Owners of battery-powered cars sometimes struggle to refuel on longer trips because public chargers don’t work or malfunction while cars are plugged in.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #batteries, #chargepoint, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electrify-america-llc, #evgo-services-llc, #ford-motor-co, #infrastructure-public-works, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states

Why ‘Open Streets’ in New York City Were Reduced by 63 Miles

The program, which was made permanent last year, gave New Yorkers more public spaces, but is retreating in many areas. Community advocates hope to stop that slide.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #automobiles, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #open-streets, #parking, #sustainable-living, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #urban-areas

The Troubles of Kenya’s China-Funded Train

Five years after its launch, the railway has become associated with debt, dysfunction and criminal inquiries, and it is now a lightning rod in Tuesday’s election.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #infrastructure-public-works, #kenya, #kenyatta-uhuru-muigai, #odinga-raila, #railroads, #ruto-william

Amtrak Rewarded Executives With Six-Figure Bonuses as Rail Service Struggled

Most of the top leaders received bonuses above $200,000 in the last fiscal year, as Amtrak worked to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

#amtrak, #bonuses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-compensation, #hiring-and-promotion, #infrastructure-public-works, #railroads, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

The Coming Crisis Along the Colorado River

Overuse and climate change will mean sharp cuts in water use.

#agriculture-and-farming, #audubon-society-national, #colorado-river, #conservation-of-resources, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #hydroelectric-power, #imperial-calif, #infrastructure-public-works, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #reservoirs, #rivers, #salton-sea, #southwestern-states-us, #water, #western-states-us

White House Retrofits Infrastructure Bill to Better Help Poor Communities

The Biden administration will increase assistance to areas that lack the capacity to apply for improvements to their sanitation and storm water systems.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #regan-michael-s-1976, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

When There’s Arsenic in the Water, but ‘We Have Nowhere to Go’

The Environmental Protection Agency found that water at a mobile home park that mostly serves agricultural workers contained almost 10 times the allowable limit of arsenic. But housing alternatives are hard to find.

#affordable-housing, #arsenic, #bureau-of-indian-affairs, #coachella-valley-calif, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infrastructure-public-works, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #water

How Joe Manchin Shaped the Climate Change Bill

Along the way to the $369 billion package, the West Virginia senator secured an array of concessions for his state and for the fossil fuel industry.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lung-disease, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #coal, #democratic-party, #drilling-and-boring, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #natural-gas, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #senate, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Climate Bill ‘Transformative’ for Auto and Energy Industries

The Senate’s proposal aims to accelerate electric car sales and promote domestic battery manufacturing at China’s expense.

#automobiles, #batteries, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #china, #democratic-party, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reicher-dan-w, #stokes-leah, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #used-cars, #warren-mich

China Is Playing Hardball with Troubled Debtors. That’s Dangerous for All of Us.

When one country defaults, lenders start worrying that others will do the same.

#africa, #belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #credit-and-debt, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #foreign-investments, #infrastructure-public-works, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-relations, #latin-america

La Guardia, Kennedy and Newark Airports Get a $25 Billion Overhaul

The city is not exactly known for its state-of-the-art airports. That should change by 2030.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #building-construction, #delays-transportation, #infrastructure-public-works, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #newark-nj, #newark-liberty-international-airport-nj, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #september-11-2001, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

Extreme Heat Puts Life on Hold in Britain, a Land Not Built for It

In a country more accustomed to temperate weather, a brutal heat wave tested Britain’s infrastructure and forced millions to choose between a Stygian commute or a stifling home office.

#air-conditioning, #charles-prince-of-wales, #england, #global-warming, #great-britain, #heat-and-heat-waves, #infrastructure-public-works, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #transit-systems

Governors Hochul and Murphy to Split Cost of Gateway Tunnel

A project to build new tunnels from New Jersey to Penn Station moved a step closer to construction with an agreement between New York and New Jersey.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #hochul-kathleen-c, #hudson-river-tunnels-project, #infrastructure-public-works, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey-transit, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #transit-systems

The B.Q.E. Is Crumbling. There’s Still No Plan to Fix It.

Mayor Eric Adams wants to jump-start the project, but some critics have raised safety concerns.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-queens-expressway, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic

How a Highway Divided a Community in Philadelphia

On a personal episode of “Still Processing,” Wesley Morris revisits a highway that he walked across as a kid. He never knew how deeply it had transformed the neighborhood it ran through.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #philadelphia-pa, #roads-and-traffic

Biden Administration to Set Rules of the Road for Charging Electric Vehicles

Proposed regulations would require charging stations built with federal dollars to be located no more than 50 miles apart.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021

As Russia tries to solidify its ‘land bridge,’ Ukraine attempts to push back in the south.

#black-sea, #crimea-ukraine, #donbas-ukraine, #infrastructure-public-works, #kherson-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #railroads, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k

Lavish Projects and Meager Lives: The Two Faces of a Ruined Sri Lanka

A frenzy of building on borrowed money in the Rajapaksa family’s home district illustrates the hubris and mismanagement that led the country into economic collapse.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #hambantota-sri-lanka, #infrastructure-public-works, #rajapaksa-mahinda

What America Needs Is a Liberalism That Builds

You can’t transform the economy without first transforming the government.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #deese-brian-c-1978, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #national-economic-council-us, #niskanen-center, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wong-felicia-joy-1966

Russia’s War Has Been Brutal, but Putin Has Shown Some Restraint. Why?

Western officials are debating the Kremlin’s calculations in not trying harder to halt weapons shipments in Ukraine. Analysts wonder whether a bigger mobilization by Moscow is on the horizon.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #infrastructure-public-works, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Has Already Done More for Rural America Than Trump

Democrats should let voters know about their successes — and run on Democratic values.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #axne-cindy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #democratic-party, #ethanol, #food-banks-and-pantries, #grassley-charles-e, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iowa, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #poet-llc, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

We Must Fix America’s Deadly Roads

Bicyclists and pedestrians are dying at alarming rates. Do we have the courage to remake our car-centric streets?

#accidents-and-safety, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #governors-highway-safety-assn, #infrastructure-public-works, #mountain-view-calif, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-calif

Biden Restores Climate to Landmark Environmental Law, Reversing Trump

A new rule requires agencies to analyze the climate impacts of proposed highways, pipelines and other projects, and gives local communities more input.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #white-house-council-on-environmental-quality

Death Toll in South Africa Floods Passes 250

President Cyril Ramaphosa traveled to the east coast, which was pounded by days of rain that washed away bridges and swept homes from their foundations.

#deaths-fatalities, #durban-south-africa, #floods, #infrastructure-public-works, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

As Gas Prices Went Up, So Did the Hunt for Electric Vehicles

Prices at the pump have apparently given some Americans second thoughts. But two practical problems remain: not enough cars and relatively few charging stations.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works

Mexico’s New International Airport Is Not Quite Ready for Takeoff

Mexico’s president inaugurated the first of a series of long-promised infrastructure projects — possibly a little too soon.

#airports, #felipe-angeles-international-airport-zumpango-mexico, #infrastructure-public-works, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #morena-mexican-political-party, #politics-and-government, #referendums

California’s Ambitious High-Speed Rail at a Crossroads

As President Biden touts an “infrastructure decade,” there is little that’s certain about the biggest infrastructure project of them all.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brown-edmund-g-jr, #california, #california-high-speed-rail-authority, #central-valley-calif, #fresno-calif, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #newsom-gavin

Covid Stimulus Money Brings Clashes Within Cities and Counties

As communities across the United States receive pandemic relief money, fierce debates have erupted over priorities, and who has the power to set them.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coeur-dalene-idaho, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #dutchess-county-ny, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #onondaga-county-ny, #stimulus-economic

As Gas Prices Rise, NYC Lags Behind on Electric Cars

New York lags far behind most cities in electric-vehicle infrastructure, but changes are coming.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gutman-hank, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #transportation-department-nyc

When Electric Cars Rule the Road, They’ll Need Spots to Power Up

A wireless infrastructure company is betting it can figure out how to locate and install charging stations for a growing wave of new vehicles.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #charge-enterprises-inc, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fox-andrew-technology-executive, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #laneve-mark, #united-states

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Mitch Landrieu Must Straddle Partisan Divide

Much of the funding is left up to state leaders, some of whom have already pushed back on the federal government’s goals. Mr. Landrieu will be key to resolving those differences.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #landrieu-mitch, #louisiana, #united-states-politics-and-government

Berkshire Hathaway Rebounds From the Pandemic

In announcing the company’s $90 billion profit in 2021, Warren Buffett noted the role that Berkshire plays in the American economy.

#berkshire-hathaway-inc, #bnsf-railway, #infrastructure-public-works, #railroads, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

Asphalt Industry Is a Big Winner in Infrastructure Plan

A range of special interests lobbied for infrastructure dollars. The asphalt industry may have been the most successful.

#asphalt, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-highway-administration, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Harris Says Replacing Lead Pipes Is a Priority, Despite Limited Funding

Some civil rights leaders have grown frustrated with the lack of action behind administration proposals that would help Black and Latino communities.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lead, #newark-nj, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming

Highway expansions tend to bring more greenhouse gas emissions. A few states are trying to change that dynamic, but it won’t be easy.

#air-pollution, #american-assn-of-state-highway-and-transportation-officials, #automobiles, #colorado, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #roads-and-traffic, #states-us

Will East Harlem Ever Get its Long-Delayed Subway?

Residents have been waiting almost a century for new stations. Some aren’t sure they’ll be built.

#east-harlem-manhattan-ny, #espaillat-adriano-d, #infrastructure-public-works, #maloney-carolyn-b, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #schumer-charles-e, #second-avenue-subway-nyc, #subways, #transit-systems

Pittsburgh Bridge Collapses Hours Before Biden Visits to Discuss Infrastructure

At least 10 people sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the collapse, officials said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #pittsburgh-pa

In the Bronx, a Push to Save Cass Gilbert’s Train Stations

Two of the stations designed by the famed architect more than 100 years ago for the old ‘Consolidated’ railroad have a chance to be transformed for new uses.

#amtrak, #area-planning-and-renewal, #gilbert-cass-1859-1934, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #infrastructure-public-works, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

Transportation Dept. Outlines Plan to Address Rising Traffic Deaths

The department said it would use new funding in the infrastructure law to carry out the strategy, which touches on issues ranging from speed limits to emergency medical care.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #deaths-fatalities, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #roads-and-traffic, #speed-limits-and-speeding, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-us

The U.S. Bombed a Dam in Syria That Was on a ‘No-Strike’ List

A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.

#civilian-casualties, #euphrates-river, #infrastructure-public-works, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #levees-and-dams, #syria, #tabqa-syria, #terrorism, #townsend-stephen-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

Facing a Shortage of Truck Drivers, Pilot Program Turns to Teenagers

A federal apprenticeship program will train thousands of new truck drivers who are as young as 18.

#infrastructure-public-works, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation, #trucks-and-trucking

Mayor Adams, Build a Bigger Manhattan

“New Mannahatta” would help the city’s housing crisis and protect against the impact of climate change. 

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

As the Mayor Promised Millions for New Monuments, Old Ones Crumbled

Without dedicated funding for conservation, many of New York City’s public memorials and artworks are decaying from neglect.

#art, #battery-park-city-authority, #bogart-michele-h, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #housing-authority-nyc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccray-chirlane, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #puryear-martin, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-park-manhattan-ny, #riverside-park-conservancy, #sculpture

Billions in Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Biden signed into law includes money that Amtrak hopes can fix crumbling bridges and tunnels along the Northeast Corridor.

#amtrak, #bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #railroads

Fed Up With Those Who Won’t Get Vaccinated

Readers join Charles M. Blow in voicing anger at vaccine resisters who endanger others. Also: The brain as democracy’s infrastructure.

#anger-emotion, #blow-charles-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #education-k-12, #infrastructure-public-works, #vaccination-and-immunization

Blinken, in Indonesia, Stresses Soft Power to Counter China

The U.S. secretary of state seeks to make the case that the United States is a better bet as a partner than China, even if it’s not spending so lavishly in the region.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #indonesia, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #southeast-asia

Deals Reached on 3 Major NYC Transportation Projects

Elected officials announced deals on funding of a new international terminal at Kennedy Airport and improvements to commuter train service.

#airports, #cotton-rick, #hochul-kathleen-c, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #long-island-rail-road-co, #manhattan-nyc, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #railroads, #regional-plan-assn, #schumer-charles-e

Why New York Is Unearthing a Brook It Buried a Century Ago

A plan to “daylight” Tibbetts Brook in the Bronx would be one of the city’s most ambitious green infrastructure improvements.

#bronx-nyc, #csx-corporation, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #dinowitz-jeffrey, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #sanderson-eric-w, #water, #wildlife-conservation-society

Billions for Climate Protection Fuel New Debate: Who Deserves It Most

The $1 trillion infrastructure law funds programs that tend to favor wealthy, white communities — a test for Biden’s pledge to defend the most vulnerable against climate change.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government