Today’s Headlines

  • Passage of new sales tax to fund transit sparking recriminations among St. Louis tea partyers (Post-Dispatch)
  • U.S. DOT pledges $200 million for the cross-Hudson River transit tunnel (Star-Ledger)
  • … as its members return to Washington for a make-or-break attempt at climate legislating in the Senate (The Hill Blog)
  • Pennsylvania state GOP lawmaker proposes a package of solutions to close the transport funding gap opened by the federal rejection of new tolls on I-80 (Prog. RR’ing)
  • L.A. transit agency strikes deal to install natural gas fueling stations for buses (CEFC Press)

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Transit Ridership at Its Highest Point Since the Rise of the Suburbs (AP, NYT) Camp Looking to Obama for a “Common Road” on Tax Reform (The Hill) Senate Dems to Pull an All-Nighter for the Climate Tonight (The Hill) When “Local Control” Means State Government Controls the Locals… (Tennessean) …Sometimes the States (i.e. SC) Threaten […]

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At the local level, business has been a key force in cementing transit victories. But at a national level, the business voice has been largely absent from heated, high-stakes debates about transit. With a new report called “Bosses For Buses,” Good Jobs First investigates the disparity between local- and national-level organizing efforts by employers. In […]

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Bad news for Big Oil in the White House budget, which seeks to axe $36.5B in subsidies — but will Congress go along? (TNR’s The Vine) That $100m jobs bill, including infrastructure, that the White House is hoping for? It might look considerably smaller once the Senate acts, perhaps this week (Politico) Georgia political heavyweights […]

Does Transit-Oriented Development Work Even Without Transit?

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Yes, says urban planner Neil Payton. From his guest column today on Reconnecting America’s blog: Denver’s light rail, in the background, ended up increasing the value of nearby homes. (Photo: Denver Post) Either [local planners] view [transit access] as too distant a possibility to factor in or, ironically, they view rail transit as a means […]