Today’s Headlines

  • Republicans on the House transportation committee warn that a federal role in transit safety oversight may not translate into fewer injuries on railways (Mica Press)
  • As the Obama administration takes on rail transit safety, the NTSB moves forward on passenger bus safety (AP)
  • Was Obama flip-flopping when he admitted that what’s "shovel-ready" isn’t always the best project, then later endorsed new transportation spending? (WashPost)
  • How can the White House make the most of its new job-creation push? In a word, buildings (Grist)
  • As climate deniers thunder on about hyped-up scandal, the EPA quietly totals public comments on its finding that carbon emissions threaten public health: 70% in favor, 30% opposed (WSJ Blog)
  • Florida Senate approves major new rail legislation (CBS4)

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White House Unveils Transit Safety Bill to Cautious Praise on the Hill

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Lawmakers on the House transportation committee today greeted details of the Obama administration’s transit safety plan with approval, but some sounded skeptical notes about the costs of state compliance with new federal rules even as transit agencies cope with billions of dollars in maintenance and repair backlogs. Washington D.C.’s transit safety oversight agency has less […]

Today’s Headlines

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Massachusetts transit officials like the sound of the Obama administration’s pitch to help oversee light rail and subway safety (Globe) In addition to its transit safety push, the administration has also issued safety rules for motorcoach buses (Bloomberg) Even conservative Dems such as Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) are open to new transportation spending to help […]

Today’s Headlines

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Very bad news for train riders in the northeast: The Obama administration’s first rounds of high-speed rail money are unlikely to help improve Acela service, due to lengthy environmental reviews required by U.S. DOT (Globe) Two disparate takes on the House jobs bill: Does it represent "room for real debate" on a new federal transportation […]

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 […]