Today’s Headlines

  • The Senate environment committee was once known as a hotbed of bipartisan congeniality … though it can still look that way, judging from this year’s transportation debate (ClimateWire)
  • The construction industry promotes the role it can play in economic recovery effort (Portfolio)
  • Trucking industry accuses the New York Times of ill treatment after a critical editorial on Anne Ferro, the trucking lobbyist nominated to regulate truck safety, and a story on texting behind the wheel (Fleet Owner)
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, less than helpful on transportation reform despite its support for a gas tax hike, is shedding members over its opposition to congressional action on climate change (NYT)
  • GOP pundit John Feehery calls Transportation Secretary LaHood "the only real PR bright spot" for the White House (The Hill)
  • Chicago transit agency gets a new chief (Sun-Times)

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Transportation Secretary LaHood and Vice President Biden promote the economic stimulus’ infrastructure spending — on bridge repairs and massive highway expansions (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pitch) Congress slips $1 billion for a weak "cash for clunkers" plan into its $105 billion war spending bill (Detroit News) With the timeline for a federal transpo bill slipping, advocates […]

Trump Picks Road Industry Lobbyist to Lead Transportation Transition

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So much for “draining the swamp.” Under Donald Trump, it looks like the White House and Congress will be more infested with lobbyists than ever. In a story about the lobbying bonanza that will accompany unified GOP control of Washington, the New York Times reports that Trump has picked Martin Whitmer to head his “transportation and infrastructure” […]

Oberstar Stands Firm on Transportation Bill, Gets Industry Backup

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In case any doubts remained about his willingness to challenge the White House and the Senate on prompt passage of a long-term infrastructure bill, House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) op-ed in the Politico this morning should clear them up: House transport committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Capitol Chatter) Unfortunately, the administration and […]

Will the Nation’s First Strategic Freight Plan be Multi-Modal?

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Congress is joining U.S. DOT in committing more resources to a national freight plan, a more strategic way of moving goods than the current haphazard and fragmented current approach. As mandated by MAP-21, U.S. DOT is working on a strategic plan for a nationwide freight network, and last month, Congress kicked off its contribution, holding […]