Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood’s candid answer to a question about when Georgia will get high-speed rail: when the state "gets its act together" and gives greater support to transit (AJC)
  • National safety regulators warn transit systems nationwide to watch out for a safety glitch that may have played a role in the June crash of a D.C. Metro train (NYT)
  • Prince of Wales doing his part for livable streets in the U.K. (USAT)
  • Chicago’s transit authority chief is on her way out (Crain’s)
  • Last year’s oil price spike is proving an unexpected boon for airlines (Tribune)
  • Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds (D) outlines his transportation goals … (WaPo)
  • … as does Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (HuffPo)
  • LaHood tours Ohio transit facility with Gov. Ted Strickland (D) (NBC4i)

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