Today’s Headlines

  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board and its, uh, actual reporters don’t see eye-to-eye on the climate issue (Grist)
  • Not a joke: Now that the developed world is consuming less of its oil, the Saudi government wants compensation (NYT)
  • The White House economic recovery effort is slated to release its first round of job-creation estimates and contracting data for the $787 billion stimulus … but a lot of info will be left out of this round (WSJ)
  • Reviewing Weyrich and Lind’s new book on why conservatives should support transit — because the government has already intervened enough in transportation policy (Politics Daily)
  • Chicago’s mayor says the city needs to rethink its policy of giving seniors free transit rides (AP)
  • Bombardier, which could help build high-speed rail in America, snags a $383 million deal for Italian electrified trains (Bloomberg)
  • The Bush administration knew in 2007 that CO2 emissions were a threat to public health, and the document it went to great pains to keep secret is now public (Greenwire)

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The Koch Brothers’ War on Transit

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Transit advocates around the country were transfixed by a story in Tennessee this April, when the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity made a bid to pre-emptively kill Nashville bus rapid transit. It was an especially brazen attempt by Charles and David Koch’s political network to strong-arm local transportation policy makers. But it was far from […]

Looking Ahead to the Year in Transit Expansion

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After significant transit construction in the United States in 2014, the next year will see another impressive round of groundbreakings and new openings. That’s according to Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic, who has catalogued major transit expansion projects throughout the U.S. and Canada for the last six years. In 2015, we’ll see major light rail projects begin […]

Today’s Headlines

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LaHood says Obama administration should replicate the first stimulus law’s ethics limits for its next economic recovery legislation (AP) House passes massive spending bill that includes big transportation policy budget moves (AP) Members of Congress pushing to make more transit networks wired for cell service (The Hill) Washington D.C.’s transit authority heading for management shakeup […]

Progress on Detroit’s Effort to Fix Its Badly Broken Transit System

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Detroit’s transit system has been in crisis now for years. Among the horror stories chronicled by riders: Buses that never come, two-hour commutes, jobs lost to unreliable service. But there’s hope in an effort to integrate the region’s disjointed urban and suburban transit systems into a unified regional network. David Sands at Network blog Mode Shift gives an update on what […]

Why Conservatives (and Everyone) Should Care About Transit

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Big thanks this morning to Streetsblog Network member Trains for America, which links to a fascinating essay from the Witherspoon Institute on why social conservatives should support public transit and walkable communities. Here’s a taste of the Witherspoon piece: Looking for real family values? You’ll find them in walkable communities. Photo by renee @ FIMBY […]

Transit Industry Group Adds a Caveat to Its Stance on Operating Aid

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which has represented the transit industry in Washington for more than 120 years, has openly welcomed the year-long push for Congress to relax longstanding rules that prevent large urban agencies to spend federal grant money on their operating costs. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) (Photo: AAAS) APTA president William Millar […]