Today’s Headlines

  • House Transportation Bill Headed for a Cliff (Hill)
  • New York Republicans May Defect on Transportation Bill (TransNat)
  • Congress Considers Federal Oversight of Subways (WaPo)
  • Some GOP Trying to Delay Mandated Rail Safety Technology (LATimes)
  • Grist Recaps the Bad News for a Shockingly Terrible Transportation Bill
  • How and Why to Start Your Own Hybrid Rental Car Company (Treehugger)
  • Virginia Legislature Delays Governor’s Aggressive Transportation Proposals (WashTimes)
  • Maryland Moves Toward Stricter Cellphone Use While Driving Laws (Gazette)
  • Can We Make Transit Safer By Piping in Beethoven? (Atlantic Cities)

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Oberstar Stands Firm on Transportation Bill, Gets Industry Backup

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In case any doubts remained about his willingness to challenge the White House and the Senate on prompt passage of a long-term infrastructure bill, House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) op-ed in the Politico this morning should clear them up: House transport committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Capitol Chatter) Unfortunately, the administration and […]

Another Delay: Will There Ever Be a New Reauthorization?

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SAFETEA-LU has been extended eight times over more than two years. Legislators on both sides are tired of delays and see the need for a new reauthorization bill that sets new policy and does something about the Highway Trust Fund before it runs clean out of cash. But House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica said […]

A Federal Transportation Bill Is Coming… But When?

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Speaking to members of the National Retail Federation earlier today, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sidestepped what’s becoming one of the peskiest unanswered questions on the Hill: Will Congress delay the federal transportation bill until next year? In his address to the retailers’ group, LaHood stuck mostly to his department’s progress in allocating its $48 billion […]

House Speaker John Boehner Will Delay Vote on House Transpo Bill

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First, John Boehner split his transportation bill into three smaller bills that deal with transportation, oil and gas drilling, and government employee pensions separately. Now, it looks like the transportation component won’t be voted on until after the President’s Day recess, according to Politico: Boehner’s office attributed the decision to two factors: One of the […]

Boxer Delays Senate Climate Bill Until September

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This was supposed to be a big week for action on climate change in the Senate — but it’s ending with Republicans rubbing their hands in glee as the Environment and Public Works Committee delays its unveiling of legislation on carbon emissions. Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (Photo: AP) As Reuters reports this […]