Today’s Headlines

  • 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 bill or "Groundhog Day" for entrenched bureaucracy? (GreenWire, HuffPost)
  • Pennsylvania state legislators head to the Hill to lobby against state leaders’ push to toll I-80 (Pocono News)
  • Embattled head of Washington D.C.’s transit agency vows to win back public confidence and work with Obama administration on its new safety bill (WaPo)
  • Virginia becomes the latest state to slash transportation spending in a rough economy (AP)
  • Maryland edges closer to approving per-mile tolls for its massive new ICC highway, sparking one Democratic candidate to rage against a "drive-to-work tax" (Gazette, Arora for Delegate)
  • A less sexy but cheaper electric-car company is quietly making inroads (SFGate)
  • Not transportation-related, but telling just the same: LaHood goes to bat for longtime friend Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff (Bloomberg)

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Today’s Headlines

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Oberstar urges Obama to back quick passage of his new transportation bill during a closed-door Dem meeting, to no avail — POTUS would only back general infrastructure investments (The Hill) Will Democrat’s loss of their 60-vote margin in the Senate, and its subsequent consequences for climate legislation, hamper a global agreement on emissions? Nope, says […]

Freight Panel Chair Says House Will “Balance Out” Transportation Modes

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