Today’s Headlines

  • Republican Dysfunction, Exhibit A: Highways (Politico)
  • Nope, More Drilling Won’t Bring Back $2.50 a Gallon Gas (WaPo)
  • Highway Bill Inches Forward, Reid Fills Amendment Tree Again (Hill)
  • “Project Streamlining” Could Derail Transportation Bill (Trans. Issues Daily)
  • Bruce Katz: Better Economic Structure Will Save Cities (Wired)
  • A Graphical Look at the Slowing Growth of Car Travel (Atlantic Cities)
  • Transformative Investments, Chicago-Style (New Repubic)
  • Nominate the Best and Worst Transportation Projects (Sierra Club)

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