Today’s Headlines

  • A new study reinforces the open secret of distracted driving — legislation requiring hands-free cell phones won’t do the job (WSJ)
  • More proof that the vice president was correct in calling high-speed rail grants apolitical: Pennsylvania’s Democratic-rich leadership is upset to see their state got shut out (Trib-Review)
  • In Tampa, meanwhile, joy over rail money is giving way to questions over how to connect the bullet train to new local transit options (St. Pete Times)
  • And in Connecticut, high-speed rail backers aren’t getting discouraged by their $40m award (Courant)
  • Oberstar’s home-state editorial board laments the federal government’s transport funding crisis (Star-Trib)
  • LaHood: Toyota’s fix for its gas-pedal defect disaster is satisfactory (Reuters)

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L.A. Breaks Ground on Subway Link to Connect Downtown (L.A. Times) For High-Speed Rail, Intermountain States Depend on California’s Success (SL Trib) After Kansas and Utah, Foxx Visits Portland Today to Tour Tilikum Crossing (Roll Call, SL Trib, Oregonian) Rail-Trail Group Seeks Bike/Ped Path Along New All Aboard Florida Line (Orlando Biz Journal) Final Designs to Begin for Fort Worth’s […]

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Politico sits down with LaHood for a lengthy interview on distracted driving … … as the U.S. DOT chief kicks off a campaign to get more women involved in transport careers (Prog. RR’ing) Obama to order the start of work on a post-2017 round of auto fuel efficiency standards (Free Press) House GOP’s earmark moratorium […]

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LaHood heading to Japan for face-to-face talks with Toyota execs over defective autos … (LAT) … but not before getting lobbied by mag-lev train backers on a Pittsburgh visit (Trib-Review) New York state officials and CSX hold a powwow with the feds to clear up controversy over high-speed rail’s top speed (Dem-Chronicle, Buff. News) Embattled […]

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ARC Tunnel on the Verge of Dying a Second Death (AP, WSJ) Michigan, California, Florida, Virginia Reel in High-Speed Rail Money (AP) Meanwhile, Palo Alto Says “No Thanks” to Rail Funds (Transpo Nation) Amtrak Plans New Iowa City to Chicago Route (Trib) Several House Races Could Hinge on Candidates’ Cap-and-Trade Stance (LAT) A Lesson About […]

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(Graphic: Fast Company) The U.S. electric grid is going to need a makeover if electric cars ever take off (above graphic and full story at Fast Company) LaHood to visit MIT today to talk high-tech distracted driving solutions (AP) Americans who learn to love Amtrak, warts and all (WashPost) A look at the private-sector companies […]

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Harvard economist Ed Glaeser takes a look at the sprawl-inducing home buyer’s tax credit, a policy only "a real estate agent could love" (NYT Blog) Confirmation of what you heard here last month: The No. 2 Senate Democrat thinks a gas tax needs to be on the table to fund a transportation bill next year […]