Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood brings his anti-distracted driving campaign to the United Nations today (WaPo Blogs)
  • Lingering threat of ash clouds in Europe is giving a long-term boost to rail (Bloomberg)
  • Murray, the Senate’s chief appropriator for the U.S. DOT, urges Obama to use Mexican president’s visit to help resolve cross-border trucking dispute (The Trucker)
  • Conservative think tank attaches "gas tax" label to White House proposal for higher oil liability fees in wake of Gulf Coast spill (Heritage Blog)
  • The case against the federal government’s transit benefit (GGW)
  • Grist’s David Roberts makes the case for the Senate climate bill
  • Maryland kicks off its largest transport stimulus project, a $25m bridge replacement (O’Malley Press)

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We’ve heard a lot of good policy points on transportation from President Obama during his six years in office, and we’ve seen some progress, too. But transportation reform has never been a top priority for the president. Here’s an example from Network blog Systemic Failure: The Obama administration is leaving top federal transportation positions unfilled. There […]

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"We’re not giving up on highways," LaHood told state DOT officials this week, while reiterating the Obama administration’s interest in rail expansion (see video above, from DOT Press) Rendell, Schwarzenegger, and Bloomberg urge the Senate to match the House’s infrastructure spending in future jobs bills (BAF Press) Obama administration plans to release a broad wish […]

Questioning Obama’s Transpo Legacy as Fresno County Sprawls

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By introducing new initiatives like the TIGER grant program, the Obama administration has been signaling that the car-is-king, slash-and-burn mentality that has dominated transportation policy since Eisenhower is coming to a close. At the same time, however, the situation on the ground looks awfully familiar in much of America. As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie […]

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Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy NBC Nightly News spotlights the national transit budget crisis .. (see above video) … as New Jersey becomes the latest state to weigh double-digit fare hikes (Daily Finance) Rep. Mica (R-FL) urges Tampa officials to make sure that the region’s future high-speed rail […]

Obama Falls Prey to Ribbon-Cutting Syndrome

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Obama greets construction workers at a DC photo op. Photo: AFP via Infrastructurist. At a press event in DC yesterday, President Obama touted the two thousandth transportation project to receive federal stimulus funds. I’m speculating a bit here, but the White House probably had some discretion when choosing which item to highlight for this milestone. […]

Obama, Ethanol, and the “New Metropolitan Reality”

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In a weekend speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Senator Barack Obama continued to distinguish himself on urban policy, talking up cities as vital economic centers worthy of investment. Harry Moroz of DMI Blog has the story. Obama opened with a reference to his time as a community developer in Chicago and he joked […]