Today’s Headlines

  • Democrats in Congress may tone down their new auto safety bill in response to industry complaints (WSJ)
  • D.C. considers using "value capture" methods, harnessing business gains from transit to pay for new streetcars (WashPost)
  • Joel Epstein on L.A.’s push to break from its past and embrace transit
  • New York in need of a statewide high-speed rail chief (Times-Union)
  • India cheers the arrival of the new Delhi Metro system (NYT)
  • Virginia cities under a mandate to find spare transportation cash — wherever possible (Virginian-Pilot)
  • Princeton, New Jersey, considers the phaseout of its locally beloved Dinky trains in favor of buses (NYT)
  • One New Jersey transit line is losing millions each year, relying on an honor systems for ticketholders without frequent checks (J. Journal)

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