Today’s Headlines

  • Cornell University economist on the best way to leveraged borrowed money during an economic recession: focus on infrastructure projects with economic multiplier effects, such as removing rail bottlenecks in the northeast corridor (NYT)
  • Puentes of Brookings, who attended last week’s White House jobs summit, calls it "a fascinating yet frustrating event" (The Avenue)
  • Cities begin offering incentives, such as dedicated bike racks, to scooter and motorcycle commuters (USAT)
  • Texas Republican gubernatorial foes Hutchison and Perry spar over transportation funding (Morn News)
  • Connecticut officials concerned that delays will hurt the state’s chances at snagging federal high-speed rail aid (Courant)

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As Congress works on its new, likely infrastructure-tinged jobs bill, it’s avoiding the "S" word (The Hill) Speaking of stimulus, federal dollars aren’t making much of an economic splash in California — yet (C.C. Times) California’s senators join Schwarzenegger for a White House letter on high-speed rail (SFGate Blog) Florida edges closer to filling its […]

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Supporters of more federal transit operating aid planning nationwide advocacy day next week, staged as a "funeral" for local rail and bus service (TEN Press) LaHood hails New York Times’ Pulitzer win as a victory for distracted driving campaigners (DOT Blog) Oklahoma state DOT delays projects as federal funding from recent jobs bill has yet […]

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Distracted pedestrians: still not as dangerous as their driving counterparts (NYT) At the Detroit auto show, signs of government control over the industry were plentiful (Newsweek) Missouri business and labor groups start a new Transportation Alliance to find solutions to the state’s funding crisis (KC Star) In Minnesota, a local editorial board questions whether easier […]

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Around the Country Today, Metered Spaces Become Public Parks for Park(ing) Day Hawaii’s First Light Rail Snags Federal Funds (KHON) How Open Data Catalyzes Transit Innovations (Gov Tech) Why Did Bike Commuting Stall in Portland But Not in Other Cities Like D.C.? (Bike Portland, WashCycle) Rail Advocates Rally for Indiana to Fund Hoosier State Line (JC Online) Strong Downtowns […]

Michigan’s Looking Good in the High-Speed Rail Chase

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a powerful advocate for high-speed rail funding. (Photo: Listings Foreclosures) During an appearance in Michigan today to promote the Obama administration’s economic recovery efforts, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a potentially prescient prediction about the regions vying for federal help to build inter-city high-speed rail. Per the Detroit News, […]