Today’s Headlines

  • USDOT to Congress: We Need a ‘Gargantuan Large’ Investment in Transportation (WaPo)
  • More States Crack Down on Driving While Texting (USAToday)
  • Critics of Seattle’s Car Tab Fee Want to Use Funds for Bridge Repairs, New Bus Lines (Seattle Times)
  • Chicago Set to Speed Up Transit and Freight Trains With New Track (Transport Politic)
  • Michigan Amtrak Trains Hit Record Ridership, State Plans for HSR (Detroit Free Press)
  • As Federal Funds Dry Up, California Forced to Rewrite HSR Business Model (WSJ)
  • Atlanta’s Regional Transit Plans Diluted By Politics Before Referendum (AJC)
  • Fort Collins Proactive in Reducing Bike-Car Collisions, Mounts Bike Racks on Ambulances (Coloradan)
  • Durbin: House Transportation Bill Would Cut Amtrak By 60%, ‘Seriously Hurt Illinois’ (Sun Times)
  • Calgary, Canada Hits Commuter Transit Goal 13 Years Ahead of Goal (CalgaryHerald)
  • Yglesias: War, Healthcare, Low Taxes Explain Underinvestment in Transportation (ThinkProgress)
  • Business Warns America Must Invest in Infrastructure To Remain Competitive (Politico)
  • Chinese Man Rides Bicycle He Made Out of Popsicle Sticks (Cyclicious)

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Passenger Rail Isn’t Just for “Rail Buffs”

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Today’s Headlines

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Amtrak CEO Says GOP Privatization Plan Would Be the End of Amtrak (The Hill) Without More Federal Funds, DC Metro Chief Warns of Possible Safety Backslide (WaPo) OPEC Says Oil Prices Won’t Return to 2008 Highs (Land Line) Republican Senator Wants to Eliminate Tax Breaks For Energy Companies (WaPo) What’s an Energy Master Plan Without […]

In Defense of High-Speed Rail

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Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’ve got a post from Yonah Freemark at The Transport Politic on the importance of funding both intercity and intracity rail, despite limits on the amount of money available. Freemark takes on the argument that investment in transportation within cities should trump the construction of more efficient rail connections between […]