Today’s Headlines

  • Congress and the White House are Fixing for a Fight on High-Speed Rail Funding (WSJ)
  • LaHood Talks Rail With MD Governor, Says HSR Will Be Developed Piecemeal (Baltimore Sun)
  • Obama Doesn’t Need to Lobby Congress on Rail Investment, The States Will Do It For Him (HuffPo)
  • Conservatives Launch Effort to Defund What Remains of Stimulus Money (The Hill)
  • Do You Agree With U.S News & World Report‘s List of Top Ten U.S. Cities for Public Transportation?
  • Safety in Numbers: As Bicycle Ridership Goes Up, Crashes Go Down (Bike League)
  • Treasury Secretary Geithner Says High-Speed Rail Will Lead to Economic Growth (Treasury Dept.)
  • To GOP Senator, Rail Safety Requirements = Unnecessary Regulatory Burden (Journal of Commerce)
  • Floridians Hope Administration Rail Plans Bode Well for Miami-Orlando Line (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Heritage Foundation: Curb “Wasteful Spending” in Next Budget, Cut Transit, Bike Paths, MPO Funding

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Pope’s Visit Gives Glimpse of a Car-Free Downtown Philly (Next City) U.S. High Speed Rail Projects Get Creative, Sans Federal Funding (CityLab) Feds Approve DC Metro’s Plan for Safety Fixes (The Hill, WaPo) Bike Portland Chats with L.A.’s Transpo Chief APTA: If High-Speed Rail Was Available, Two-Thirds of Americans Would Want to Use It A Look at […]

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Now that the surface transportation bill fight is over — at least for the moment — transportation reformers are eying the expiration date of another key piece of legislation later this year. The reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) could be a chance to make some needed changes to jump-start progress […]

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As Congress works on its new, likely infrastructure-tinged jobs bill, it’s avoiding the "S" word (The Hill) Speaking of stimulus, federal dollars aren’t making much of an economic splash in California — yet (C.C. Times) California’s senators join Schwarzenegger for a White House letter on high-speed rail (SFGate Blog) Florida edges closer to filling its […]

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Voters told pollsters that "jobs and the economy" were their No. 1 concerns this year, which is keeping discussion of a new infrastructure spending package very much alive in Washington (Bloomberg) What’s the real lesson of this past Election Day? That ballot measures for transportation investment do well (Morning News) Blumenauer introduces a bill that […]

Four Finalists For White House High-Speed Rail Funding?

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That was the eyebrow-raising suggestion reported by the Orlando Sentinel today after Rep. John Mica (R-FL) helped mark the beginning of central Florida’s commuter-rail era, made possible by landmark legislation signed into state law this week. Rep. John Mica (FL), senior Republican on the House transportation committee (Photo: Orlando Sentinel) The Sentinel quoted Mica naming […]

Don’t Count High Speed Rail Out Yet

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“High Speed Rail is Dead,” Aaron Renn announced earlier this week on New Geography. FRA regulations are a mess. The money’s been spread too thin. A couple governors torpedoed projects. And conventional speed lines of 110 mph are being sold as high speed. Those are all nails in the coffin of high speed rail, he […]