Today’s Headlines

  • Transit Ridership Soars, But Maintenance Backlog Plagues Aging Systems (AP)
  • Raquel Nelson’s Lawyer Prepares Appeal, Another Family Could Be Charged in Similar Collision (MDJ)
  • Conservative Heritage Foundation Objects to House’s Shell Bill (Hill)
  • If We Can’t Raise Gas Taxes, What About Tolling the Interstates? (Bellingham Herald)
  • The National Journal Asks Experts About Individual Vehicle Travel Fees
  • National Infrastructure Bank Is Part of One Answer, Not the Answer (Trans. Issues Daily)
  • How Bad Urban Design Makes You Feel Lonely (Atlantic Cities)
  • House Repubs Put Oil Profits Before American Infrastructure Needs (Sierra Club)


Barbara Boxer Questions Need for Infrastructure Bank

California Democrat Barbara Boxer, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, expressed skepticism about one of the centerpieces of President Obama’s infrastructure plan today. As she tries to stave off an election challenge from the right, Boxer seems reluctant to embrace the creation of a national infrastructure bank to finance transportation projects. […]

Earl Blumenauer Kicks Off 2008 Bike Summit

Congressman Blumenauer works the room Streetsblog’s Ben Fried files this report from Washington, DC.  The National Bike Summit is in full swing today. There are more than 500 participants from 47 states on hand this year, organizers say, making this bike summit the biggest yet. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a bike commuter himself, kicked things […]

A National Infrastructure Bank By Any Other Name …

The House transportation committee’s new $450 billion bill provides for a national infrastructure bank intended to "maximize the limited resources available for our surface transportation needs," as the panel’s early outline puts it. (Photo: National Association of Water Cos.) This sounds a lot like the infrastructure bank proposed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 35 […]