Today’s Headlines

  • House Reconvenes Today, and Transportation Bills Abound (Politico)
  • Rep. Aaron Schock Says House Vote on 5-Year Highway Bill Could Come Next Month (JournalStar)
  • Bike Companies Expect Boost From Obama’s “Insourcing” Initiative (BikePortland)
  • Iowa Gas Tax Increase Has Bipartisan Support (Muscatine Journal)
  • Pro-Transit Trend in Bipartisanship May Be Spreading to Indiana, Too (IndyStar)
  • LaHood Defends Tax Credit for Plug-In Electric Vehicles (Autoblog)
  • New Transportation Funding Strategy in WA “Too Timid” to Be Effective (HeraldNet)
  • Federal Highway Administrator Supports Tolling Interstate in Arizona (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • Transit Agencies Struggle to Accommodate Increasing Girth of American Passengers (NYT)
  • No Ticket for Driver Who Hit Gene Hackman Riding a Bike in South Florida (Cyclelicious)
  • Should Public Transit Have to Serve Sprawl? (Calgary OpenFile)


House GOP Moves to Decimate Dedicated Transit Funding

In a move that should dispel any remaining thoughts that the House transportation bill [PDF] will ever be signed into law, the Ways and Means Committee announced today that they will try to forbid gas tax revenue from funding transit. The Ways & Means bill [PDF] would funnel all gas tax revenue toward road programs, […]

Six Lies the GOP Is Telling About the House Transportation Bill

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 […]

Inside Obama’s Transpo Budget: “Historic Increase” in Transit Funding

A few more details about the Obama administration’s proposal for a new transportation bill surfaced today when the president unveiled his 2015 budget proposal. The topline numbers came out last week and look good for transit, biking, and walkability. The White House’s four-year, $302 billion surface transportation plan proposes an “historic increase” in transit funding — […]

Today’s Headlines

House to Vote on Bill that Expands Drilling to Pay for Infrastructure (Hill) Highway Removals Are Hipper Than Ever (Atlantic Cities) Last Year’s Storms Continue to Cost USDOT (TransNat) Rails-to-Trails or Bikes-to-Rails? A New Concept Bike From Italy Rides Old Tracks (TreeHugger) New Study Seeks to Quantify Health Benefits of Transportation (National Journal) How Seattle […]

Today’s Headlines

NJ Transportation Commissioner: Road Expansion Days Are Over ( Work to Begin on Unifying House and Senate Transportation Bills (The Hill) Highway Trust Fund Reached Lowest Levels in Decades in July (Today in Energy) Michigan Gov Signs Gas Tax Hike, General Fund Transfer for Roads/Transit (Planetizen) Boston Millennials Care More About Transit Than Parking (Boston Magazine) […]

House Jobs Bill Mimics the Stimulus: $27.5B for Roads, $8.4B for Transit

The House is slated to vote as soon as tomorrow on a job-creation package that includes $27.5 billion for highways and $8.4 billion for transit, according to a transportation committee document obtained by Streetsblog Capitol Hill. House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Bike Portland via Flickr) That funding divide mirrors the spending levels […]