Today’s Headlines

  • Why is a federal energy efficiency push such a big deal? Because states like Wyoming see conservation as a national and local issue, not one to be solved at their level (NYT)
  • New Subsidyscope report finds that Amtrak loses an average of $32 per passenger (AP)
  • Congressional impasse over long-term federal transportation legislation is having a knock-on effect for struggling small businesses (WSJ)
  • How Boxer quieted critics of her approach to crafting climate legislation (Politico)
  • Oberstar successfully wins an exemption for Great Lakes ships from new EPA pollution limits (CQ Politics)

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House and Senate Split on Approach to Obama’s Transit Safety Plan

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After a year marked by discord between the House and Senate over the timing of the next federal transportation bill, another split emerged yesterday over the timetable for taking up the Obama administration’s plan for federal involvement in transit safety oversight. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) opposes the White House safety plan, but he also wants […]

Today’s Headlines

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In NYC appearance, LaHood suggests that tolls could fund new long-term federal transport bill (Transport Nation) U.S. DOT’s auto safety chief says new legislation beefing up his authorities, post-Toyota scandal, could be stronger (Bloomberg) Senate climate bill’s estimated effect on gas prices: less than a 25-cent increase, says new study (The Hill) Three new National […]

Today’s Headlines

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Big business interests roll out new campaigns in favor of congressional action on climate change (Politico) LaHood’s message to Florida: Get serious about funding commuter rail, or forget about having a slice of the Obama administration’s high-speed rail pie (Sentinel) Federal Transit Administration is hard at work on a new proposal that would set minimum […]

Boxer Aims to Put TIGER-Type Program in Next Federal Transport Bill

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During an otherwise-abbreviated hearing yesterday, Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA)  joined the chorus of praise for the stimulus law’s TIGER program, declaring her intention to add a version of the competitive infrastructure grants to the next long-term federal transportation bill. Bicyclists in Philadelphia, where $23 million in TIGER money was awarded to build […]

Today’s Headlines

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Heads up to D.C. area readers: Today is the grand opening of the BikeStation, a new outpost for bike commuters and recreational riders (NPR) Shocker: When "cash for clunkers" evaporated, so did U.S. automakers’ sales gains (CNN) Transportation fatalities were down 10 percent in 2008, according to federal safety regulators (Prog. Railroading) A must-read for […]

Is 2010 the Year for Federal Bike Aid? The Answer: A Big ‘Maybe’

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This week’s National Bike Summit culminated in an ambitious new campaign to recruit a million bike advocates and the unveiling of a new Google Maps bike feature. But in a Wednesday session dedicated to the outlook for federal bike investments, cycling advocates hesitated to declare that they could secure new commitments from Washington. Rep. Earl […]