Today’s Headlines

  • Senator Boxer Files for Highway Trust Fund Extension (Journal of Commerce)
  • White House Says Texas Would Lose 60K Jobs If Congress Doesn’t Pass Highway Bill (Chron)
  • LA Mayor Heads to Washington to Pressure Congress on Transportation Extension (Daily Breeze)
  • Democrats Increasing Pressure on Obama to ‘Be Bold’ in Jobs Address (The Hill)
  • Urban Sprawl Has Pushed Thousands of Texans Into Wildfire Danger Zones (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Obama’s Turnaround on Clean Air and EPA Regulations Angers Supporters (Grist)
  • The Economist Blames High-Speed Rail for Just About Every Problem in UK (Infrastructurist)
  • New Transit Map in the Works for DC (MyFoxDC)
  • Transportation for America‘s Fall Policy Preview: Transportation Bill and Gas Tax Extensions
  • NYC BID to Bring Bicycles to Fashion Week for the First ‘Tour du Fashion’ (Next American City)


Boxer Likes LaHood’s 18-Month Extension Plan

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and a key player in the federal transportation re-write, just released a statement hailing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s call for an 18-month extension of the existing transport law: I am very pleased that the White House is being proactive in working with the […]

House GOP Is Back to a 90-Day Extension, Will See Debate Tomorrow

Another day, another another twist in the House’s efforts to pass a transportation bill. Yesterday’s postponed vote on a 60-day extension had initially been rescheduled for tonight, but that too will be scrapped, making it the third time the House has punted a vote on an extension in as many days. House transportation committee chairman […]

Last-Minute Deal Preserves Bike/Ped Funding. But For How Long?

UPDATED with comments from Sen. Tom Coburn’s staff. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has relented on his push to strip Transportation Enhancement funding from the six-month surface transportation extension, clearing the way for Senate passage last night and a White House signature today. In exchange for releasing his stranglehold on the Senate (and the estimated 80,000 […]

President Obama Pushes Congress For a Clean Extension of Transpo Bill

“I’m calling on Congress, as soon as they come back, to pass a clean extension of the surface transportation bill,” President Barack Obama said from the Rose Garden this morning. “This bill provides funding for highway construction, bridge repair, mass transit systems, and other essential projects that keep our people and our commerce moving quickly and […]

Today’s Headlines

Obama May Include Infrastructure Bank in Jobs Plan (AP) AP: Political Games Really Could Shut Down the Transportation Program GOP Leaders Take Jabs At Obama Even When They Agree With Him on Transpo Extension (JOC) Why Congress Must Pass a Clean Extension of the Transportation Bill (TNR) Sam Schwartz: Renewing the Federal Gas Tax Is […]

Road and Transit Groups Join Boxer to Push for Senate Jobs Bill

Representatives from Washington’s road and transit lobbies joined Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today to call for swift passage of job-creation legislation that is slated for a vote in the upper chamber of Congress on Monday. Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (Photo: AP) Faced with the prospects of a GOP filibuster, […]