Today’s Headlines

  • Congress Gets Its Business Done Only After Doing Lots of Something Else (WaPo)
  • Did You Think We Could Avoid a Tenth Extension? (It’s Only a Week Long.) (Hill)
  • Transportation Issues Daily’s Great Cheat Sheet on MAP-21, Parts 1 and 2
  • The Transport Politic’s Yonah Freemark Adds His Voice to the “Status Quo” Chorus
  • Transpo Bill Fallout Means Agony of Defeat for Cyclists (BikeBiz)
  • Upcoming Vote on California HSR Is Far From Foregone Conclusion (SFChron)
  • Fact: Central Cities Are Growing Faster Than Suburbs (NRDC)
  • What Does a Shell Oil Exec Add to a Panel on Smart Transportation? (The Atlantic)

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Call This Morning to Boost Transit Funding in Stimulus Package

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Last night Jerrold Nadler’s stimulus bill amendment, which would add $3 billion for transit, cleared the House Rules Committee. The full House may vote on the amendment by noon today, so the sooner you call your representative the better. Transportation for America sends along some key points to make in your phone call: In the […]

Maryland on the Verge of a Fix for Transportation Funding Woes

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Maryland is one of a growing number of U.S. states that’s found itself in a tough spot when it comes to transportation funding. The state blew through its transportation funds when it built a big highway project called the Intercounty Connector. Now, the state has so little money left that unless something changes, it won’t be […]

The Silver Lining: 73 Percent of Transpo Ballot Measures Win

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Ready for some good news? Voters around the country got to decide on 29 transportation-related ballot initiatives yesterday. According to an analysis by the Center for Transportation Excellence, transportation advocates and reformers won 73 percent of them. If you add in other initiatives that passed earlier this year, the victory rate jumps to 77 percent. […]

Mounting Transportation and Housing Costs Devour Household Budgets

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On Monday we wrote that Americans can’t afford a transportation bill that locks households into the expenses of car dependence. Yesterday the Center for Neighborhood Technology hammered the point home, releasing new data showing how communities are getting less and less affordable nationwide. Only 28 percent of American communities meet CNT’s definition of “affordable,” which accounts for […]

Chamber of Commerce: Empty Asphalt = Good Transportation Performance

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The Chamber of Commerce released its annual Transportation Performance Index (TPI) last week [PDF], and you can tell it’s due for a total overhaul, because according to the Index, recession-battered 2009 was a banner year for transportation performance. Using 2009 data, the Chamber, a powerful lobbying group that represents millions of American businesses, determined that […]

HUD and U.S. DOT Embrace Housing + Transportation Metric for Affordability

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A few years ago, the Center for Neighborhood Technology gave a wonderful gift to urbanists and planners: the Housing + Transportation Index. This simple calculation clarified and popularized a key concept: that transportation costs must be taken into account in any measurement of “affordability.” Without that, potential homebuyers and renters make the mistake of “saving” […]