Today’s Headlines

  • Obama administration faces security vulnerabilities in ground transportation in the wake of Moscow transit bombings (ABC)
  • New poll shows D.C. metro area residents, by a 62 to 30 margin, prefer expanding transit over roads to tackle congestion … (WashPost)
  • … while distracted driving is seen as a growing problem (WashPost)
  • California high-speed rail racked by tensions over whether to build dedicated new track (LAT)
  • Cornell University gets an assist on the U.S. DOT’s new distracted driving rule (Ithaca Jrnl)
  • Federal law prevents states from privatizing rest stops along existing interstate highways, though New Jersey’s new GOP governor may test its limits (Star-Ledger)
  • In the race for federal high-speed rail funds, local enthusiasm can make the difference (Virginian-Pilot)
  • One New Jersey transit advocate tries a novel tactic to spur new bus service: a lawsuit (NJ.com)

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An elegant demolishing of the conservative analyst who testified before Oberstar’s committee last week on her study claiming a Democratic bias in federal stimulus spending (Five Thirty Eight) More coverage of yesterday’s transit industry survey on recession-era cutbacks (USAT, Prog. RR’ing) The financial and safety struggles of D.C.’s Metro system could jeopardize its future federal […]

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A new study reinforces the open secret of distracted driving — legislation requiring hands-free cell phones won’t do the job (WSJ) More proof that the vice president was correct in calling high-speed rail grants apolitical: Pennsylvania’s Democratic-rich leadership is upset to see their state got shut out (Trib-Review) In Tampa, meanwhile, joy over rail money […]

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(Graphic: Fast Company) The U.S. electric grid is going to need a makeover if electric cars ever take off (above graphic and full story at Fast Company) LaHood to visit MIT today to talk high-tech distracted driving solutions (AP) Americans who learn to love Amtrak, warts and all (WashPost) A look at the private-sector companies […]

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Federal transit regulators are investigating possible safety flaws in the foundations that are to hold up a major new rail extension in the D.C. area (WashPost) Republicans still seeking consensus for plan to direct unspent stimulus money to transportation (WSJ) Sen. Feinstein supports using unspent financial bailout money to seed a National Infrastructure Bank (CQ […]

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More coverage of yesterday’s release of transit and road projects "ready to go" for Congress’ jobs bill (WSJ, Det. News, WashPost, Free Press, Politics Daily) A crucial footnote in the debate over using bailout money on infrastructure: $1 for TARP isn’t $1 for budgeting purposes (Ezra Klein) Maryland governor cheers the prospects for a new […]

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How Florida’s congressional delegation helped make its high-speed rail award happen (HuffPost) Michael Lindenberger responds to this week’s online back-and-forth over taxing gas v. VMT (Morn News) Senate jobs bill — with a highway trust fund extension but no TIGER money — expected to be delayed for 10 more days (WSJ) Chinese high-speed rail proving […]