Today’s Headlines

  • White House: Executive Agency — Not Congress — Should Fund Amtrak (The Hill)
  • Financial Potholes Ahead for the Highway Trust Fund (Wall Street Pit)
  • Pols Fling Blame for Gas Prices as Senate Upholds Tax Breaks for Big Oil (Politico)
  • Study: Crumbling Infrastructure Threatens America (WaPo)
  • Amtrak Enjoys Record Ridership Even as Financial Problems Linger (AltTransportWSJ)
  • Oregonian Article Irks Portland Cyclists — Again (BikePortland)
  • Gingrich: Cutting Oil Subsidies Part of a Plot to Force People into Big Cities (Yglesias)
  • How DC Became One of the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the Country (Dirt)
  • Shocker: GOP’s John Huntsman Stands with Science on Climate Change (TPM)
  • Why We Don’t Love Cities Enough (Infrastructurist)

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Political Piñata Amtrak Is the Fastest Growing Transportation Mode

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Let it be known: Amtrak is the fastest! Fastest-growing, that is. Since 1997, Amtrak ridership has grown 55 percent — faster than the general population, faster then GDP, faster than air travel, faster than driving, faster than any other mode of transportation. Even in a difficult political environment, more people are choosing Amtrak, according to […]

Today’s Headlines

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Obama Signs Two-Month Highway Trust Fund Extension (The Hill) Related: CBO Spitballs Future Short-Term Patches (The Hill) CityLab Remembers That Time Reagan Raised the Gas Tax In the Wake of Amtrak and Oil Train Crashes, Obama Taps Sarah Feinberg for FRA Post (The Hill) U.S. Could Save Lives by Requiring Trucks to Have Side Guards (Next City) Meanwhile, Pols Worry That Hackers […]

Today’s Headlines

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Oil Company Profits Surge in Sync With Gas Prices (Houston Chronicle) Study: Higher Gas Prices Take the Edge Off Sprawl (Infrastructurist) Light Rail Will Finally Connect the Twin Cities (The Transport Politic) Silicon Valley NIMBYs Crow About California HSR (WSJ) Breathing Dangerous for Half of Americans (VOA) In Providence and DC, Streetcar Plans Inch Forward […]

Today’s Headlines

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State DOTs Have No Control Over Transportation Alternatives Funds Under MAP-21 (Bike League) Illinois Rail Meets “High-Speed” Definition (Grid Chicago) Amtrak Could Cut Kansas-to-New Mexico Route (New Mexican) U.S. DOT: No More Leniency For Unsafe Bus Companies (BusinessWeek) Developer Builds Seattle’s Tallest Residential Building and Saves a Nearby Mountain (Grist) These Airlines Will Book You […]

Today’s Headlines

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What Trump Can and Can’t Do with Obama’s Climate Change Regs (NYT) Big-City Mayors Grapple With New President (Governing) A Look at the Infrastructure Projects Governors Want Trump to Fund (WaPo) Rural Millennials Are Still All About Driving — But They Have No Choice (Wired) Amtrak Engineer in Philly Crash Tested Positive for Marijuana (The Hill) Where Tech […]

All Aboard for a Second-Rate Passenger Rail Experience

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After a trip to the East Coast, Aaron Renn of the Urbanophile came back with a critique of the passenger experience along America’s most important rail corridor. You can’t blame all the problems on the lack of investment, he writes: Start with the sorry state of Penn Station in New York City, America’s busiest train station. […]