Today’s Headlines

  • Regional partnerships are helping to maximize the impact of federal stimulus dollars (TNR)
  • Arizona craziness: Traffic safety officials allege man is evading 37 photo-enforced speeding tickets by wearing a monkey mask (AZ Republic)
  • National Transportation Safety Board bans staff from using cell phones behind the wheel (CNN)
  • The first study of the congressional climate bill’s benefits — not just its costs — shows that they’re pretty massive (WSJ)
  • Bad economy boosts local governments by lowering the amounts of construction bids (AP)
  • U.S. airlines are racking up a string of delay reductions (WSJ)

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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 […]

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Republicans on the House transportation committee warn that a federal role in transit safety oversight may not translate into fewer injuries on railways (Mica Press) As the Obama administration takes on rail transit safety, the NTSB moves forward on passenger bus safety (AP) Was Obama flip-flopping when he admitted that what’s "shovel-ready" isn’t always the […]

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Streetsblog noted a strangely narrow debate over electrification at this week’s Senate hearing on climate change — but interesting economic themes emerged as well. Here’s a rundown (WSJ) Transit-oriented development plans run into resistance from banks, which are accustomed to offering commercial financing for parking-centric proposals (SL Trib) D.C. bus drivers mount a safety-centric rebellion […]