This Dispatch will outline how funds allocated in the ARRA aim to support broadband initiatives and how states can leverage broadband to create efficiencies, increase opportunities and begin to bridge a major resource divide in our country by implementing progressive broadband initiatives.
One of the biggest topics of conversation in Massachusetts these days is the proposed additional 19 cent gas tax which would go toward roads, bridges, regional transit authorities and public transit improvements throughout the state. More than half of state and local bridges of 20 feet or longer are structurally deficient, while 82 percent of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority's (MBTA) rapid transit rail cars are in poor or marginal condition, according to a report by TRIP. Furthermore, a 2007 report by the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission found that “the condition of our roads, bridges and transit systems are all in broad decline”¦we have no money for transit or highway enhancements or expansions without further sacrificing our existing systems and exacerbating our problems.”
Marking the largest change in California land use laws in a generation, the California legislature has approved SB 375,
a bill which promotes both affordable housing and less sprawl in the
state. In a coalition as landmark as the legislation itself,
affordable housing advocates, the building industry, environmentalists,
and local governments came together to endorse legislation that will
encourage more compact development along transit corridors. The
legislation's key feature is to integrate what are now three separate
planning processes -- regional development, affordable housing and
transit development -- into a synchronized system. This is considered
a critical step in achieving California's goal of reducing greenhouse
gas emissions, as established in 2006 through AB 32.