Today’s Headlines

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  • Above is a map tracking where CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are originating — distressing news for cities? (Grist)
  • While Virginia seeks emergency aid from the feds for its snow-removal costs, the state DOT finds room in "emergency" funds to reopen shuttered highway rest stops (McDonnell Press)
  • Could high-speed rail foster new suburban sprawl? (Wired)
  • Another redirected Nevada transportation earmark: $45 million for a defunct "maglev" train will now go towards an airport road project (LV Sun)
  • Missouri’s state DOT, facing a budget crunch, forced to take a "fix-it-first" approach rather than adding new highway lanes (Daily Guide)
  • Idaho planners tackle the linguistic choice between "transit" and "public transportation" (Boise Weekly)

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Today’s Headlines

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Now Is the Time to Fight, Transportation Advocates (Transport Politic) Rep. De Fazio Champions Safe Routes to School Just Before Party Line Vote to Defund (Shareable) GOP Transit Bill Gets Railed From All Sides (Washington Times, Hill) Just How Big Are Subsidies to Fossil-Fuel Companies? (Grist) Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government (Grist) […]

Report: After MN Collapse, Bridge Repair Got Just 11% of D.C. Earmarks

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In the wake of the 2007 collapse of Minnesota’s I-35 bridge, Washington policymakers vowed a renewed focus on repairing the nation’s aging infrastructure. But weeks after the fatal collapse, Congress approved a transportation spending bill with 704 earmarked projects, at a total cost topping $570 million — and just 11 percent of those earmarks went […]