Today’s Headlines

  • 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 of sorts, declining to let express buses pass local buses (Yglesias, WaPo)
  • The White House’s stimulus law has done "little to increase" highway spending over pre-recession levels … if you think $2.6 billion is little (Wash Times)

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