Today’s Headlines

  • Japanese bullet-train magnate says he could build a Florida factory to help ensure a piece of the state’s ample high-speed rail pie (WSJ)
  • Democrats try to avoid overselling their infrastructure-poor jobs bill (The Hill)
  • 8 out of 10 metro regions ranked happiest by new Gallup well-being index have transit networks (Atlantic Blogs)
  • ConocoPhillips quits coalition in favor of congressional climate bills, claiming the proposals "have disadvantaged the transportation sector" (The Hill)
  • Nashville’s new mayor pursues ambitious new transit plan (Tennessean, WPLN)
  • Federal safety regulators launch formal inquiry into Toyota recalls (LAT)

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Today’s Headlines

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House Ways and Means Committee joins the Senate in shutting the door on Rep. Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) push for a new transportation bill (The Hill) The field-testing of a future alternative to the gas tax kicks into high gear (AP) Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) calls for a second stimulus that’s targeted to infrastructure … […]

House Jobs Bill Mimics the Stimulus: $27.5B for Roads, $8.4B for Transit

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The House is slated to vote as soon as tomorrow on a job-creation package that includes $27.5 billion for highways and $8.4 billion for transit, according to a transportation committee document obtained by Streetsblog Capitol Hill. House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Bike Portland via Flickr) That funding divide mirrors the spending levels […]

Transit Operating Aid Bill Doesn’t Fly With Major D.C. Transit Group

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A burgeoning congressional push to let urban transit agencies tap federal funds for operating their systems is not sitting well with the transit industry’s largest D.C. lobbying group, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). A rail car from New York City’s transit authority, one of APTA’s biggest members. (Photo: TreeHugger) Paul Dean, APTA’s government relations […]

Crunching June Stimulus Numbers: Roads Create Pricier Jobs Than Transit

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Transportation spending under the economic stimulus law created close to 15,000 jobs in June, or three times as many as were created in May, according to estimates released today by the U.S. DOT. (Photo: Cleveland Plain Dealer) Those numbers are bound to hearten Obama administration officials who have defended the stimulus’ 6-percent investment in infrastructure […]