Today’s Headlines

  • Every state has committed half of their transpo stimulus money, but who’s actually started the most work? Wyoming, at 76%! But Florida’s at 2%, and Oberstar’s putting them on notice (Wash Times, Oberstar’s ofc)
  • "Cash for clunkers" extended by the Senate (WaPo)
  • Nadler’s got Oberstar’s back: "There seems to be a weakness on the part of the administration in terms of infrastructure …" (Politico)
  • LaHood continues his transpo tour, now heading to Maine (AP)
  • Why does Europe have such an easier time expanding passenger rail? (CSM)

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Today’s Headlines

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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 […]

Today’s Headlines

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Bike advocates thrilled with Oberstar’s transpo bill (The Hill) GM and Chrysler tell Congress not to mess with their dealership closure plans (AP) Bids for stimulus infrastructure projects coming in at surprisingly low amounts (GovExec) What the transit operating deficit hath wrought: an insufficient economic stimulus law (The Nation)

Today’s Headlines: The Oberstar/LaHood Edition

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LaHood revealed his plan to seek a short-term transpo law extension "a half hour before" Oberstar was scheduled to brief reporters on his new transpo bill (AP) Oberstar spokesman: "The chairman is not too pleased …" (NYT) Rep. DeFazio, Oberstar’s partner in crafting a new bill, warns the proposed extension could dilute the benefits of […]

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Washington D.C. Metro getting close to the safety backup regulators say it needs (MyFoxDC) U.S. DOT gets 278 applications for an $8 billion high-speed rail pot (AFP) A prominent editorial board tells Obama: Stop blocking Oberstar’s transpo bill (CSM) The lowdown on a bad scene at yesterday’s Senate enviro committee hearing (Grist)

Oberstar’s Bill Praised by Mayors, Engineers

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are out with statements this afternoon hailing House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) new federal transportation proposal. The mayors like Oberstar’s creation of a dedicated metropolitan-area program, while the engineers are most concerned with getting a higher level of reliable […]

Today’s Headlines

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Bloomberg-Backed Alternative to ARC Tunnel Emerges (NYT, Transpo Nation) More From Oberstar’s Final Press Conference (MinnPost) Sen. Reid Offers Assurances That Cap-And-Trade Is, in Fact, Dead (The Hill) Rep. Bachmann: Ban Earmarks Unless They Happen to Involve Transportation (HuffPo, Star Tribune) In Comparison to Peers, Traffic Safety Problems Languish in America (NPR) Texas Lags in […]