Today’s Headlines

  • Editorials: Infrastructure Funding Bill Failed Because GOP Put Millionaires Before Jobs (NYTFT)
  • Republicans Use Highway Bill to Counter Obama on Infrastructure (Hill)
  • Obama Meets with Transportation Advocates to Discuss Federal Funding for Infrastructure (T4A)
  • Maryland State Senate President Promises to Raise Gas Tax (Baltimore Sun)
  • How Car Commuting Costs – in a Handy Chart (TreeHugger)
  • HSR Costs Soar Due to Project Changes, Not Lack of Study (ThinkProgress)
  • FL Drivers Who Text Could Face Same Punitive Damages as DUI (Naples News)
  • The Unintended Consequences of Residential Parking Permits (Transpo Nation)
  • State Buys Up Tracks in First Real Step Toward Regional Rail in Central Florida (Orlando Sentinel)

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Obama Administration Sends Transportation Bill to Congress

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The Obama administration today sent Congress its proposal for a multi-year transportation bill, which it’s calling the GROW AMERICA Act. The bill, based on the budget proposal President Obama released two months ago, relies on corporate tax reform to raise $87 billion to fill the hole in the Highway Trust Fund. The four-year bill would cost $302 billion. […]

A National Infrastructure Bank: Can the U.S. Learn From Europe?

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On Labor Day, President Barack Obama gave a speech in which he pushed for the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank. Legislation that would establish the bank was introduced over the summer in Senate Bill 1926, authored by Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. But the idea of an independent financing entity […]

President Obama’s Hollow Push for Infrastructure Investment

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This afternoon, President Obama stood by New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge and made a speech pressing Congress to do something about infrastructure investment. It’s part of his Infrastructure Week push for Congress to pass a fully funded transportation reauthorization bill. Many other groups are spending this week sounding the same horn. “If they don’t act […]

LaHood Wants More TIGER Aid in the Congressional Jobs Bill

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a splash yesterday by announcing that the U.S. DOT would look at the environmental and community-building benefits of transit projects, not just their adherence to a government cost-effectiveness standard. Washington D.C.’s proposed K Street transitway, pictured above, is one of many projects vying for TIGER money. (Photo: The City Fix) […]

Six Lies the GOP Is Telling About the House Transportation Bill

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The transportation-plus-drilling bill that John Boehner and company are trying to ram through the House is an attack on transit riders, pedestrians, cyclists, city dwellers, and every American who can’t afford to drive everywhere. Under this bill, all the dedicated federal funding streams for transit, biking, and walking would disappear, leading to widespread service cuts […]

States Already Licking Their Chops Over Newly “Flexible” Bike/Ped Funds

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Just days after Congress passed a bill allowing states to spend funds supposedly designated for biking and walking on completely unrelated projects, transportation officials are already circling like vultures over that money. An AP story from Covington, Kentucky on Sunday quotes several transportation officials and executives parroting the GOP line that transportation enhancements funding, as that […]