Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood hails Canada’s offer to help pay for a new bridge link between its southern border and Detroit (Det. News)
  • Feds release new guide to bike commuting implementation (LAB Blog)
  • Voinovich lobbies his local regional planning organization for a gas tax hike to fund new federal transport bill (Biz Courier)
  • Felix Salmon profiles transport wonk and Streetsblog NYC contributor Charles Komanoff (Wired)
  • Austin, Texas, sees its federal payment under the infrastructure-centric Build America Bonds program temporarily withheld by the IRS (Bloomberg)
  • How Portland, Oregon, sold local banks on walkable development (Streetsblog NYC)
  • San Jose airport planners consider personal rapid transit "pods" for local airport (Merc News)
  • 50 years later, Wisconsin state DOT apologizes to Indian tribe for demolishing one of their cemeteries (AP)
  • Memphis city council scraps funding for proposed light rail link between downtown, airport (Comm. Appeal)
  • In South Africa, a transportation strike is hobbling small-scale agriculture (WSJ)
  • Mad Park

    Re; A new Detroit Bridge
    May we assume that this $5B monstrosity will be a multimodal (twin track rail, twin track for bicycles, and a couple of lanes for cars amd trucks) bridge?
    Otherwise, why bother?

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