Today’s Headlines

  • Ford, Nissan, Tesla will get $25 billion in loans today from the Obama administration for retooling factories to produce electric cars (Detroit Free Press)
  • Nine killed in Washington Metro crash, the system’s worst accident in history (NYT)
  • Lawmakers trek to Pittsburgh to talk up high-speed rail possibilities (Business Times)
  • Construction and highway lobbies backing Oberstar’s push for a federal transpo bill this year (The Hill)
  • Boxer to call AASHTO chief, cement company CEO to hearing on highway trust fund (EPW Committee)
  • Hyundai CEO joins New Yorker columnist Surowiecki in calling for a flexible gas tax designed to keep oil prices stable (AP)

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Put Your Listening Cap On, Committee Members

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As promised, the Transportation Committee (the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, to be precise) has sent the tentative witness list for its two-day hearing that purports to “Focus on Surface Transportation Bill and Streamlining Programs, Cutting Red Tape & Creating Jobs.” Lawmakers better get a comfy seat, because they’re planning to sit through twenty witnesses each […]

Know Your Road Lobbyists: The American Highway Users Alliance

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For a 77-year-old nonprofit group with substantial Washington clout, the American Highway Users Alliance keeps a pretty low profile. Its members are not listed on its website, but interested parties are asked a few questions: "Are you outraged by the deaths of 120 people each day on our roads? Are you pro-environment AND pro-highway?" Average […]

America’s Least Wanted Highways

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The Congress for New Urbanism released a highly entertaining top ten list today: the North American highways most in need of demolition. At the top is Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, a structurally damaged elevated highway that, if removed, would free up 335 acres of public land by Elliott Bay. New York’s Sheridan Expressway, which traverses […]

Fix-It-First Bill Introduced in Senate

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Highway maintenance has been getting short shrift in state budgets, according to a recent report from Smart Growth America. But a bill introduced in the Senate today seeks to address the imbalance between road construction and maintenance. Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Preservation and Renewal of Federal-Aid Highways Act would require states to develop targets for […]

Today’s Headlines

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America Embarks on “Second Rail Boom” (Forbes) Amtrak CEO Calls Highway Trust Fund “Dead” (Progressive Railroading) There’s No Shortage of Ideas on Transpo Funding, But Also No Easy Answers (National Journal) L.A. Makes Progress With Light-Rail, But Not to LAX (AP, Curbed L.A.) What Are the Chances for High-Speed Rail From San Antonio to Mexico? (SA […]

Today’s Headlines

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New joblessness figures are raising pressure on the White House for job-creation action, with Oberstar still pressing more infrastructure funding as a solution (WSJ) Illinois area lawmakers pitching a rail tourism corridor (Tribune) Is America headed for a canal trolley-boat comeback? (TNR’s The Vine) In Washington D.C., every locality wants to play host to Northrup […]