Today’s Headlines

  • New study examines the stress that a future electric-car boom would put on the nation’s grid, with surprising results (TreeHugger)
  • Questioning the nation’s dwindling investment in its built environment (Grist)
  • Democratic senators from both coasts vow to oppose offshore drilling expansions in the pending climate change bill (The Hill Blog)
  • Democrat vying to replace Rendell as PA governor calls for state transportation spending to double (Inquirer)
  • Missouri state DOT chief Pete Rahn leaves to join engineering firm HNTB (KC Star)
  • New Hampshire follows Wyoming in nixing the notion of new interstate tolls (Observer)
  • Seattle mayor still vowing to build light rail in the face of skeptical financial analysis (P-I Blog)
  • Maryland lawmakers pass ban on hand-held cell phones (WaPo)

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Today’s Headlines

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Purple toll lanes, overhead lane-use control signs, and more crosswalk time for pedestrians are all coming soon to a road near you, as the U.S. DOT makes its first update in six years to the nation’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (UPI) Did one affordable-housing nonprofit in New York City really get $156 million […]

Today’s Headlines

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After a lackluster year, Carrion leaves White House "urban czar" post for lesser duties at HUD (NYDN) FTA chief Rogoff skeptical on Dallas’ chances of snagging viable transit public-private partnership (Morn News Blog) LaHood uses Massachusetts appearance to take the state to task for not acting on distracted driving (Globe) Ryan Avent: Seattle light rail […]

Night of the Living Highway Extension

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Tacoma resident Evan Siroky got a rude reminder of what’s in Washington State DOT’s project pipeline yesterday, reading in the local paper that officials are looking to revive plans to extend state route 167 as a limited access highway. The new highway segment would reach the Port of Tacoma, and Siroky writes on member blog […]

Amtrak to Begin Welcoming Bikes on Long-Distance Routes

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The nation’s intercity passenger rail service just got a lot bike-friendlier. Amtrak announced last week that it is installing new baggage cars — equipped for bike storage — in all trains on its long-distance routes by year’s end. The change will allow Amtrak riders to “roll on” their bikes, rather than disassembling them and transporting them […]

Welcome to Streetsblog Capitol Hill

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When was the last time you read a good article on transportation policy-making in Washington? Have you ever wished that the D.C. media could do a better job of mapping the political landscape that keeps transit under-funded and new road projects flush with federal cash? If you had trouble answering the first question or answered […]