Today’s Headlines

  • 22 senators, several from industrial states, call for a vote this year on climate legislation (Wash. Indy)
  • LaHood issues a call for proposals on how to fund the nation’s long-term transport needs (DOT Blog)
  • D.C. heeding Blumenauer’s call for downtown bike lanes in the capital — now local advocates weigh in (GGW)
  • Final rule on distracted driving by truckers and bus drivers is sent to the White House (The Trucker)
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff and HNTB, which also conducts polls on transport financing, ink big high-speed rail deals with states (Prog. RR’ing)
  • Wyoming lawmakers nix prospect of tolling their interstate, a move that portends higher gas taxes (AP)
  • Salt Lake City mayor beats a path to D.C., hoping for a local streetcar revival (SL Tribune)
  • Suburban counties continue to resist proposal for regional transit authority in Milwaukee area (J-S Online)

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Remember that $932 million in earmarked transport funding that Oberstar demanded be reapportioned to avoid giving four states most of the benefit? His efforts have run into a big Senate obstacle: the Democratic whip (Crain’s) St. Louis-area columnist ask how LaHood can call for bikes to be on equal footing with other modes of transport […]

Environmental Group Offers Congress a Map to Cleaner Freight

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The federal government can reap significant pollution-reduction benefits by focusing on a national freight plan that replaces older diesel equipment with newer, cleaner-burning train cars while building out regional networks more efficiently, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said yesterday in a new report [PDF]. Freight rail in Chicago, home of the stimulus-funded CREATE freight project. […]

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U.S. DOT’s new "TIGER II" grant program is encouraging Texas state DOT officials to hope the second time is a charm when it comes to funding a fix for an aging rail intersection … (Star-Telegram) … and Washington D.C. city officials to hope for new bike-share funding … (DC Biz Jrnl) … and northwestern Tennessee […]

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Is the recession really easing? Not for many transport and construction companies (Reuters) LaHood cruises on mag-lev train during visit to Japan (AP, Bloomberg) A look at the local ramifications of the auto-bike culture clash (CNN) Debate erupts in D.C. after transit union calls for 40mph maximum speeds on local rail, citing safety concerns (WashPost […]

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Who Will Chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee? (The Hill) No Need to Worry About Climate Change, Says Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (Politico) Even Fox Wonders Why America Has Been Left So Far Behind on High-Speed Rail (Fox Business News) Truckers’ Take on Local Election Results: Little Appetite for Transportation Initiatives. Really? (Land Line) […]

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Will Gov. Christie Hear Calls for Resurrection of the ARC Tunnel? (Northjersey.com) TIGER II Analysis: Transport Politic, T4America, Grist, Bond Buyer Some TIGER II Winners: Atlanta, Miami, Oregon, Madison, Jersey City, Ports And Losers: Austin, Dallas, District of Columbia, Milwaukee Feds Can’t Reform Transportation Alone, Need State and Local Cooperation (MTR) Transpo Committee Chair Oberstar Faces Tough Reelection (Politico, MinnPost) Why […]