Today’s Headlines

  • DeFazio takes aim at Obama administration’s lack of progress on new long-term federal transport bill (Roll Call)
  • As White House publishes final version of its auto fuel-efficiency standards, the clock starts ticking for industry lawsuits (Greenwire)
  • Drum Major Institute’s Moroz calls for a stronger federal urban policy (Times-Union)
  • Bay Area columnists take aim at proposed pay package for new state high-speed rail chief (SF Chronicle)
  • Without hands-on help from the White House, high-speed rail could be starved of dedicated revenue (Prog. Fix)
  • Governor of Maryland, which recently reversed plans to slow-walk funding for D.C. transit, says lack of money is no excuse for system’s poor safety record (WTOP)
  • After meeting with Toyota execs in Japan, LaHood hints a second round of federal fines for the company’s auto defects could be in the works (Det. News)
  • Architect Roger Lewis on how to build a walkable neighborhood (WashPost)
  • Yonah Freemark on the transit commuters’ tax break could be used for other purposes (Next Amer. City)
  • Could BP’s strategy for fighting its Gulf oil spill actually worsen public health? (MoJo Blogs)

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White House to host Conference on the Great Outdoors next month — will transportation be on the agenda? (LAT) Could White House urban affairs chief Carrion to become New York state’s No. 2? (Crain’s) Voters in Pennsylvania, where a big-ticket Senate race is splitting time with debate over tolling I-80, favor the new tolls by […]

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Ahead of tomorrow’s Toyota hearing in the House, lawmakers take aim at the company’s — and the government’s — safety record (Free Press) LaHood says the Ohio River Bridges Project, which features tolling as a possible revenue raiser, could be in line for second round of TIGER aid or other federal funding (WAVE-TV, Courier-Journal) Do […]

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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 […]

A High-Speed Rail Reality Check for Texas

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Despite data backing up the White House’s assertion that politics played no role in high-speed rail decision-making, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) — waging a re-election bid against a GOP primary challenger as well as the Democratic mayor of Houston — wasn’t shy about complaining after his state received less than one-hundredth of the $1.8 […]

House Votes to Strip High-Speed Rail Funding

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This morning, the House voted 232-182 for an Energy and Water Appropriations bill that redirects $1 billion of high-speed rail money to flood relief for the Midwest. Never mind that that flood relief won’t arrive for many months, since this is a 2012 appropriations bill. The important thing here is to kill high-speed rail. (Why? […]

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Harvard economist Ed Glaeser takes a look at the sprawl-inducing home buyer’s tax credit, a policy only "a real estate agent could love" (NYT Blog) Confirmation of what you heard here last month: The No. 2 Senate Democrat thinks a gas tax needs to be on the table to fund a transportation bill next year […]