Today’s Headlines

  • Boxer: Senate considering breaking up its jobs bill into several pieces, with an infrastructure provision that would bail out the highway trust fund for this year (Dow Jones)
  • Conservative Rep. Don Young (R-AK), architect of the 2005 federal transportation bill, admits that Alaska’s plans for a gas tax suspension would endanger its financial support from Congress (AP)
  • Wisconsin governor touts plan for regional transit authority in Milwaukee, with possible taxes to help fund it (J-Sentinel)
  • Michigan lawmakers propose gas tax hike to avoid losing federal transport aid (MLive.com)
  • California Northern railroad shifts to green locomotives (Sac. Bee)
  • Two rural Virginia transit projects get $3.2m in federal aid (AP)

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