Today’s Headlines

  • Amtrak To Hit 30 Million Passenger Milestone as Congress Aims to Cut Funding 60% (Baltimore Sun)
  • Looking Back on 40 Years of American Politics and Passenger Rail (NewsObserver)
  • Drive Less, Pay Less on Car Insurance: Pay-As-You-Go Plans on the Rise (FoxBusiness)
  • ARRA Keeps On Going: $700M in Infrastructure Funding Last Month (Journal of Commerce)
  • Jobs Bill Includes $4B for HSR, Delaware Hoping for New Amtrak Facility (Delaware Online)
  • The Challenge for Jobs Act: Can GOP Support Bill If It Means Success for President? (ThinkProgress)
  • Greater Greater Washington on How to Make Cities Greener
  • New FHWA Guidelines for Rumble Strips Worry People Who Ride Bicycles (BikeLeague)
  • American Progress Remembers 85% of Current Republican Reps Once Voted for Stimulus


Obama Builds Rail Cred With Biden Pick

Barack Obama’s standing as an advocate for investment in US commuter rail looks to have gotten a boost with his selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. Whereas John McCain is the Senate’s sworn enemy of Amtrak, his colleague from Delaware is known as a "Champion of the Rails." Notes Daily Kos diarist MissLaura […]

Don’t Look Now, But the House Amtrak Bill Actually Has Some Good Ideas

Tomorrow, the House Transportation Committee will consider a bill that changes the nation’s policies on passenger rail. The proposal, while it includes some cuts, is a departure from the senseless vendetta many House Republicans have waged against Amtrak in the past. The National Association of Railroad Passengers, NARP, says the plan contains “commonsense regulatory and […]