Today’s Headlines

  • U.S. DOT reports that traffic deaths fell to a 55-year low in 2009 as LaHood vows to make more progress (WaPo Blogs)
  • Speaking of that "tri-partisan" climate bill, Boxer admits that while she supports the concept, "Would I rather have my bill? Yes" (MoJo Blog)
  • L.A.’s ambitious 30/10 transit proposal likely to require significant help from Washington (WSJ)
  • Eight of the world’s most well-traveled high-speed trains, in pictures (HuffPost)
  • Baltimore could see cuts to its transit aid from the state of Maryland (Balt. Sun)
  • Greece’s transportation systems getting upended by large labor strikes (NYT)

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House to Tackle Transit Safety Gaps in December Hearing

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The debate over setting national standards for transit safety — which the federal government has yet to do — will take center stage at a December 8 hearing of the House transportation committee’s transit panel. The D.C. Metro (Photo: WaPo) The lack of nationwide rules for transit safety has become an acute concern in Washington […]

LaHood Reaches Out to Transit Industry, Lamenting ‘Lousy Economy’

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sought to commiserate with the cash-strapped transit industry today, declaring the Obama administration an ally of local rail and bus agencies even as the "lousy economy" clouds prospects for passage of a new long-term federal transportation bill. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Getty Images) In an address to the American Public […]

Today’s Headlines

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LaHood says he has yet to endorse Senate Dems’ $2B transit aid bill: "We need to look at how we pay for that" (WNYC) A separate, wide-ranging interview with LaHood, on everything from bike funding to fuel-efficiency rules (NPR) U.S. metro areas scratch the feds’ back, the feds scratch theirs? How one Arizona pitch could […]

LaHood Wants More TIGER Aid in the Congressional Jobs Bill

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a splash yesterday by announcing that the U.S. DOT would look at the environmental and community-building benefits of transit projects, not just their adherence to a government cost-effectiveness standard. Washington D.C.’s proposed K Street transitway, pictured above, is one of many projects vying for TIGER money. (Photo: The City Fix) […]

LaHood Praises NYC But Shrugs at Transport Reform to Empower Cities

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the New York City area’s clean-transportation strategy today in a speech to the region’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO), promising a stronger focus on urban priorities even as he all but ruled out two reforms long sought by the nation’s cities. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Zimbio) LaHood’s speech to the […]