IMPACT: Infrastructure

Issue Brief

This Issue Brief is intended to provide a broad overview on the status of major infrastructure systems in the US. It identifies areas that are likely to experience high utilization or tightness of capacity, and proposes interventions in the hope of preemptively resolving scarcity or crises where the relevant infrastructural systems fail to deliver core services.

At its core, it acknowledges the limitations of centralized, top down approach toward infrastructure development. It proposes some adjustments to conventional decision making that build in additional leeway for bottom up efforts to drive change.

The brief originated as a response seeking to shape the focus of President Trump’s infrastructure spending plan, and carries with it a heavy emphasis on evaluating the suitability of the solutions that have been raised as a means of translating that vision into action.

Thanks to support of Fiscal Note we share the following legislative report: FN – Infrastructure

Saul Steinberg’s iconic 1976 illustration for the New Yorker magazine 


The magazine depicting the relationship between New York City and the rest of the United States inspired numerous parodies and proved that as New Yorkers we can politely chuckle at ourselves, after all.

But today there are plenty of reasons for New Yorkers to put the needs of their city above the general issues facing the whole country. Unfortunately, there’s nothing funny about what’s going on under 9th Ave. today. New York City’s infrastructure is sadly in need of major updates – and fast.

Andrew Byford has a new plan to radically improve the MTA

He’s done it in London and Toronto, can he change one of the largest most outdated systems on the planet?

To rebuild the city’s beleaguered public-transit system, after years of chaotic decline and stark dysfunction. He had vowed to visit every one of New York’s subway stations—there are four hundred and seventy-two—and to ride every bus route, in an effort that was part good-will tour, part reconnaissance mission.

ImpactNYC Infrastructure Event

n November 14, 2017, ImpactNYC brought together leading experts on infrastructure issues to discuss the current situation in New York and the US. Here are some of the highlights:


Elaine Chao speaks on Non-Discrimination for Infrastructure Funding and the Private Sector

Secretary Chao urges not to ‘discriminate’ against private sector for infrastructure projects Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao talks about the different options available to finance public infrastructure

President Trump launches $1.5 trillion sales pitch

New $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure bill is making its way to Congress. The Federal government is hoping to help coordinate and encourage projects, but not cover the entire cost of them. The plan rewards communities that make the largest investments. Here’s more. 

Trump’s administration taps projectsfor drone pilot

Projects in Virginia, Kansas and Nevada are among those the Trump administration named Wednesday for a new program to sharply expand how drones can be used across the United States, seeking to accelerate growth in a booming sector with broad economic potential but…

How much does your public transit system cost?

The CBC does great working pulling the data together and making it transparent over time. They have updated its interactive tool for exploring the agency’s recent financial performance…

Maximizing the benefits of private participation

Maximizing the benefits of private participation – a whitepaper by Phil White, Denton’s Law Firm. The debate in the US over how to improve essential infrastructure has intensified…

New York to DC in 30 Minutes

Last year, tech mogul and super villain cosplayer Elon Musk tweeted that he had received “verbal govt approval” to…

Hyperloop One Names Top 10 Route Finalists

Hyperloop One, the company looking to actually build the first hyperloop transportation systems announced it’s list of finalists to be potential first routes for their groundbreaking transportation technology…

The Centennial No One Wants to Celebrate

When we talk about an “infrastructure” we are talking about the underlying systems that allow a ecosystem to stand and to function. In our case of New York City, the infrastructure consists of…