Today’s Headlines

  • As environmental groups head to the White House for a meeting on the Senate climate bill, its unveiling pushed back by another week (Greenwire, Nat Jrnl)
  • Democrats warn the Obama administration not to treat GM’s pension liabilities as its own (Det. News)
  • House transportation committee members urge White House to roll back rule allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. roads (Refrig. Transporter)
  • The Federal Railroad Administration limits public comment period on its national bullet-train plan (Prog. Fix)
  • Does Wisconsin’s new transit push leave its low-income residents stranded? (News Buzz)
  • Arizona governor’s move to slice transit funding could face legal challenge (East Valley Trib)
  • Georgia state lawmakers moving forward on legislation to aid Atlanta’s struggling transit network (AJC)
  • Will vaunted zoning reform in Montgomery County, Maryland, actually change much about residential density? (Yglesias)
  • TKO

    It is amazing that folks in government do not want to cover the pension plans of workers. Money that the workers have already paid for. Yet let the rich get bailed out at banks to the tune of so much more. A real attack on the working class.


White House Economic Report Touts TIGER, High-Speed Rail, Transit

The White House Council of Economic Advisers’ first annual report under President Obama made headlines today for its gloomy job-creation outlook, but tucked inside its 462 pages is a tangible reflection of a changed outlook on transportation policy under the new administration. Top White House economic adviser Christina Romer, at right, holds up yesterday’s report. […]

Oberstar to White House: On Emissions, Back Up Your Words With Action

Appearing this morning at the release of a new report on transportation’s role in fighting climate change, House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) challenged the Obama administration to back up their emissions rhetoric with action and pass his six-year, $450 billion infrastructure bill. FTA’s Peter Rogoff (in hard hat) heard strong words from Rep. […]

Today’s Headlines

Republicans on the House transportation committee warn that a federal role in transit safety oversight may not translate into fewer injuries on railways (Mica Press) As the Obama administration takes on rail transit safety, the NTSB moves forward on passenger bus safety (AP) Was Obama flip-flopping when he admitted that what’s "shovel-ready" isn’t always the […]

LaHood Reaches Out to Transit Industry, Lamenting ‘Lousy Economy’

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sought to commiserate with the cash-strapped transit industry today, declaring the Obama administration an ally of local rail and bus agencies even as the "lousy economy" clouds prospects for passage of a new long-term federal transportation bill. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Getty Images) In an address to the American Public […]

Today’s Headlines

Very bad news for train riders in the northeast: The Obama administration’s first rounds of high-speed rail money are unlikely to help improve Acela service, due to lengthy environmental reviews required by U.S. DOT (Globe) Two disparate takes on the House jobs bill: Does it represent "room for real debate" on a new federal transportation […]