Today’s Headlines

  • Speaker Pelosi confirms that Oberstar’s transportation bill is under consideration for future economic recovery action … just don’t call it a "stimulus" (Roll Call)
  • Boulder, Colorado, is planning a $100 million overhaul of its electric grid, which could serve as a test run for nationwide clean-power efforts (ClimateWire)
  • High-speed rail is helping industrial train makers weather the global economic storm (WSJ)
  • There’s an entire universe of rail transit modes — and here’s a handy explanation of them, complete with colorful table (GGW)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, wracked by climate change defections, goes to bat for GOPer McDonnell’s transportation agenda in the Virginia governor’s race (WaPo)
  • Florida DOT chief advises a "careful review" of Oberstar’s transport bill (Jax Daily Record)
  • Shocker: BP chief predicts continued dependence on his product (NYT)

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Cash-poor cities forced to sell off naming rights to transit lines and stations (Ad Age) Will House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) long journey come to naught this year? A profile to tell the story (CQ) Road-lobby chief calls for Washington to hike the federal gas tax (Baltimore Sun) Sen. Barbara Boxer […]

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House Majority Leader Hoyer says Oberstar’s $450 billion six-year transportation bill should be fully paid for, but doesn’t mention how (Roll Call) Transit systems nationwide are turning to hybrid buses (NYT) Rush Limbaugh tells New York Times environmental reporter to "go kill himself and help the planet by dying" (Media Matters) A dismaying, if unsurprising, […]

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 […]

House GOPers Propose Filling Trust Fund With Stimulus Money

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As their committee’s leaders butted heads with the Obama administration, a group of Republicans on the House transportation panel proposed to fill the $7 billion hole in the nation’s highway trust fund with unobligated money from the economic stimulus law. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) (Photo: SW Broward GOP) The bill, offered yesterday by Rep. Mario […]

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D.C. Metro crash becomes a factor in the debate over a new federal transportation bill (The Hill) Oberstar’s $450 billion proposal includes strong provisions for monitoring drug and alcohol abuse by truckers (The Trucker) Fellow Floridian lawmakers lobby Rep. John Mica (R) on increasing the state’s gas tax reimbursement (McClatchy) Congressional audit concurs with transportation-finance […]