Today’s Headlines

  • Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks George Will and his fuel-chugging ’98 Buick … (NYT)
  • Obama administration keeps local coal-ash pollution sites secret, citing national security (AP)

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House Bill Would Give Cities and Towns More Say Over Transpo Spending

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A bill to give local governments greater access to transportation funds has bipartisan sponsors in the House of Representatives. The Innovation in Surface Transportation Act, introduced late last month, would let local communities access a much more significant share of federal transportation funds. The legislation would set aside a share of various federal programs that flow to […]

Introducing Tanya Snyder, Streetsblog’s New National Reporter

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You may have noticed a new byline popping up on Streetsblog lately, and it’s time to finally make it official: We’re pleased to announce the arrival of Tanya Snyder as our new reporter tracking the national transportation policy beat. Before joining Streetsblog, Tanya covered Congress for Pacifica Radio’s Washington Bureau and for public radio stations […]

Today’s Headlines

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Who Will Chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee? (The Hill) No Need to Worry About Climate Change, Says Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (Politico) Even Fox Wonders Why America Has Been Left So Far Behind on High-Speed Rail (Fox Business News) Truckers’ Take on Local Election Results: Little Appetite for Transportation Initiatives. Really? (Land Line) […]

No Data? Big Problem.

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Joseph Schofer is a professor at Northwestern University. Johanna Zmud is director of the transportation, space and technology program at the RAND Corporation. Mortimer Downey served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton administration. Bridges are falling down, or being built to nowhere. Highways are getting more congested, airports more crowded, and transit systems […]

Reminder: States Already Control Transpo $, and They Waste Billions

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To hear some key Republican lawmakers talk transportation policy, you’d think that state DOTs are straining under the burden of onerous national mandates. Even some notable voices in the urbanist camp, like Harvard economist Ed Glaeser, are saying that federal control leads to inefficient spending, notes Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic in his latest […]