Today’s Headlines

  • AFL-CIO and other unions backing Democrats’ push for a new, possibly infrastructure-centric jobs bill (The Hill)
  • West Virginia congressman, calling for a long-term transport bill as a "second stimulus," says toll is a "four-letter word" but vows to be open to any funding proposal — except a VMT tax (Register-Herald)
  • A humorously candid take on one scholar’s pitch for a higher federal gas tax: "logical but unpopular" (LV Sun)
  • A dismaying tradeoff in Chicago, where the transit authority’s budget prevents a fare hike but includes service cuts and layoffs (Trib Blogs)
  • Welcome to the governor’s mansion, Chris Christie (R-NJ). You’ve got a big transportation funding problem (Star-Ledger)
  • Florida’s new but temporary Republican senator backs up his past stance in strong support of commuter rail (Sentinel)
  • What’s more efficient, a drive-through fast food restaurant or one with a parking lot? Canadians debate (NYT Blogs)

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Today’s Headlines

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Mica: Transpo Bill Is “70 to 80% Completed” (Hill) Congressional Budget Deal Eliminates Funding for HSR (USA Today) Despite No New Funding for Illinois HSR, Optimism Remains (MyStateLine) LaHood Confident HSR Funding Can Be Authorized in Future (Medill Reports) Transit and TIGER Funding Preserved in Compromise Spending Bill (T4A) Transit Riders Union Gives Detroit Buses […]

Senate Version of Wall Street Transportation Tax Coming Next Week

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Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) have officially unveiled their new bill taxing Wall Street transactions to pay for the next long-term transportation bill and other infrastructure needs, and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is poised to introduce the legislation next week in the upper chamber of Congress. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Bernie […]

T&I Chair Bill Shuster Complicates Matters With Push for VMT Fee

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All options may be on the table for funding transportation, but Bill Shuster has chosen his. Rep. Shuster, head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, hasn’t been willing to commit to any one proposal for funding transportation until now. And his choice may make things complicated. At a Bloomberg Government event yesterday, Shuster came […]

A Federal Transportation Bill Is Coming… But When?

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Speaking to members of the National Retail Federation earlier today, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sidestepped what’s becoming one of the peskiest unanswered questions on the Hill: Will Congress delay the federal transportation bill until next year? In his address to the retailers’ group, LaHood stuck mostly to his department’s progress in allocating its $48 billion […]