Today’s Headlines

  • New joblessness figures are raising pressure on the White House for job-creation action, with Oberstar still pressing more infrastructure funding as a solution (WSJ)
  • Illinois area lawmakers pitching a rail tourism corridor (Tribune)
  • Is America headed for a canal trolley-boat comeback? (TNR’s The Vine)
  • In Washington D.C., every locality wants to play host to Northrup Grumman’s new headquarters, and the offered goodies are flying fast and furious (WaPo)
  • Franken pushes for local Minnesota highway project to get stimulus money (Repub-Eagle)
  • Auto industry strutting its stuff this week at annual Detroit auto show, with congressional leaders in tow … (UPI)
  • … while Ford’s CEO unveils his solution to distracted driving: a device that reads tweets aloud to drivers (Caller.com)
  • jeff

    Thanks for mentioning the public giveaway to Northrup Grumman, but every locality in Washington, D.C. is well…Washington, D.C. “Washington area” or “metro Washington” would be far more accurate. It is an important distinction for those of who live in D.C. and the surrounding area.

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Today’s Headlines

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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 […]

Portland Tries Out "Advisory Bike Lanes"

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Portland is importing a new kind of bike lane design from the Netherlands. “Advisory bike lanes” allow drivers to use the bike lane space if they have to — and if it’s safe. Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland reports that advisory bike lanes are intended for streets with high bike traffic but not a high volume of […]

Portland Tries Out “Advisory Bike Lanes”

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Portland is importing a new kind of bike lane design from the Netherlands. “Advisory bike lanes” allow drivers to use the bike lane space if they have to — and if it’s safe. Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland reports that advisory bike lanes are intended for streets with high bike traffic but not a high volume of […]

We Need a Complete Solution to Climate Change

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This morning, Jeff Wood at The Overhead Wire points us to a newly released measure of CO2 emissions from the Center for Neighborhood Technology (which just won a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, BTW). He says maps like these help to show why changing land-use patterns is vital in the fight […]
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What Comes After the Auto Bubble?

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Vehicle travel in the United States has experienced a resurgence in the last two-and-a-half years, following an unprecedented decade-long per-capita decline in driving. Low gas prices are likely a big reason why; recent increases in incomes and employment as well. But an additional factor has been relatively unexplored: the effect of changes in credit markets on vehicle purchasing and ownership.