Today’s Headlines

  • … as Brookings’ Rob Puentes calls for a change in federal law in response (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Congress’ approval of $150m in December for the D.C. Metro transit system means the money can be spent now, right? Er, not so much (GGW)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, representing the nation’s new No. 1 bike town, shows her cycling mettle (Elle)
  • North Carolina starts re-examining its formula for disbursing transport funding, which puts denser urban areas on the same footing as rural ones (FOX Char.)
  • San Fran transit authority facing funding issues of its own (Streetsblog SF)
  • Leading advocate of Florida high-speed rail takes a new job with consulting firm helping to implement the stae’s new bullet train link, given a billion-dollar grant from the feds (Tampa Trib)
  • U.S. DOT outlines a new transparency plan for its regulations (DOT Blog)

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In Sprawling Atlanta, Pols Call for Better Transit, Bike Infrastructure, and More (AJC) Does Obama Have the Chutzpah to Push for Infrastructure? (The Transport Politic) Gas Prices Rising But Still a Bargain (ABC, Flowing Data) Can a New Light Rail Line Help Unite the Divided City of Jerusalem? (Transpo Nation) A Mere Sliver of the Federal […]

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New poll finds 83 percent of respondents supporting more federal funding for high-speed rail and transit (HNTB Press via @beyondDC) Investor Carl Icahn is forming a consortium to go after a share of the high-speed rail pie (AP) Federal transportation safety regulators call for national crash-resistance standards for transit cars (Bloomberg) How blue is your […]
The Red Line bus rapid transit project in Indianapolis, which voters approved as part of a package in November, is one of dozens of projects threatened by Donald Trump's budget proposal. Image: IndyGo

Think of Trump’s Budget as an Attack on Cities

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Yesterday Donald Trump released a budget outline that calls for severe cuts to transit, and the reaction was swift and scathing. The National Association of City Transportation Officials called it "a disaster" for cities. Transportation for America said it was a "slap in the face" for local communities that have raised funds to expand transit.