Today’s Headlines

  • AASHTO unveils website touting more than 280,000 "highway and transit jobs" created or sustained by the stimulus law’s focus on transportation — Democrats hail the news (EPW Press)
  • In New Jersey, a push mounts to add a biking and walking path to the state’s federally funded Amtrak bridge reconstruction project (JC Independent)
  • Toyota, facing a flurry of negative attention from the government, turns to its lobbying army (Politico)
  • Washington state moves forward with extra vehicle licensing fees to fund transit (P-I Blog)
  • What a Snowpocalypse can do to urban pedestrian culture … (TheCityFix)
  • … and to states’ already strapped transportation budgets (WSJ, MD Reporter)

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The transportation-plus-drilling bill that John Boehner and company are trying to ram through the House is an attack on transit riders, pedestrians, cyclists, city dwellers, and every American who can’t afford to drive everywhere. Under this bill, all the dedicated federal funding streams for transit, biking, and walking would disappear, leading to widespread service cuts […]

Today’s Headlines

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White House Mulls Emergency Stimulus–Or Not? (Politico, Reuters) Study: Transit Creates More Jobs than Highways (Common Dreams, HuffPo) NYT Tells Readers to Check Their Neighborhoods’ Transportation Costs with Abogo Another Gulf Oil Platform Explodes (The Hill, WSJ) New Jersey Transportation Fund Near Empty (Bloomberg) Granholm Signs Michigan’s Complete Streets Legislation (AnnArbor.com) Palo Alto Council Denounces High-Speed Rail Plan […]

Today’s Headlines

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Oberstar agrees to back Senate jobs bill after getting a written promise from Senate majority leader that $932 million in pre-earmarked transportation funding will be redistributed (Politico) Cost inflation and fears of higher ticket prices are already dogging California high-speed rail (LAT) Ohio River Bridges project, dubbed one of the nation’s "highways to nowhere," might […]

Stimulus Draft, the Day After

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For everyone hoping that an $825 billion stimulus package might advance a visionary national agenda for sustainable transportation, yesterday’s release of a draft economic recovery bill didn’t deliver the goods. Nor did it include some pretty easy lifts, like the $1.7 billion for transit operations that the House approved in an earlier bill last summer. […]

Federal Transportation Law Expired Over the Weekend: What’s Next?

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A new month begins today without rules in place to govern federal transportation programs, thanks to an objection by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) to quick approval of a short-term extension of existing law. The Natchez Trace Parkway, where trail construction is set to stall today thanks to inaction on federal transport law. (Photo: TheFunTimesGuide.com) The […]

AAA Gets an Earful From Members About Equality for Bikes

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In July of last year, when AAA launched their roadside bicycle repair service, cyclists got a warm fuzzy feeling for a minute and thought AAA was about as bike-friendly as an automobile organization could be. That bubble burst in July when AAA Mid-Atlantic President and CEO Don Gagnon editorialized that highway trust fund money should […]