Today’s Headlines

  • Senate’s jobs bill, still slated for release this week, is expected to include a one-year extension of existing transportation law to keep the highway trust fund afloat (WaPo)
  • Are transportation planners smarter than slime mold? One Japanese experiment looks for the answer (NYT Blogs)
  • In Wisconsin, the business community has hosannas for the governor’s transit plans (BizTimes.com)
  • LaHood continues tough stance on Toyota’s massive gas pedal recall, calling the company "a little safety deaf" (USAT)
  • Los Angeles mulls a proposal to require homes to capture rainwater runoff (UPI)

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