Today’s Headlines

  • Former Arizona DOT chief Victor Mendez confirmed to head the Federal Highway Administration (JOC)
  • Federal safety board tells D.C. its Metro system needs upgraded safety monitors, post-crash (WaPo)
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets behind a gas-tax increase to fund transpo … (Roll Call)
  • … but AASHTO, the state DOTs’ lobby group, can’t seem to do the same (Roll Call)
  • North Carolina gets a $386 million loan from the U.S. DOT for its first toll road (Triangle Biz Journal)
  • Steve Rattner, the financier turned White House auto-industry czar, steps down (WSJ)

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Today’s Headlines

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More coverage of the new index measuring transportation’s impact on local housing costs (WaPo, Wash Biz Jrnl, Post-Gazette) Look who came to the table for a meeting on "tripartisan" climate legislation: Voinovich (Roll Call) Dallas open to running transit to next year’s Super Bowl, but first it will need the U.S. DOT to relax its […]

Shutdown: Congress Prepares to Furlough One-Third of U.S. DOT Staff

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Looks like we’re heading for a real, honest-to-goodness government shutdown tomorrow due to a childish Congressional food fight over budgets and health care. Already this year, thousands of government employees faced furloughs due to sequestration, and now they’re looking at an indefinite unpaid leave. It’ll last until Congress can play nice and make a deal […]

NYC’s Next Transportation Commissioner Is Polly Trottenberg

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Bill de Blasio has appointed U.S. DOT Under Secretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg to lead the New York City Department of Transportation. Trottenberg is a veteran federal policy maker, whose resume includes stints working for New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on the 1998 federal transportation bill and for Senator Chuck Schumer. At the Obama […]