Today’s Headlines

  • Obama Signs Bill, Says He’s Been Calling on Congress to Spend War Money on Transpo (TID)
  • …Mica: Really, Obama? Because We Haven’t Heard a Peep Out of You For Ages (Fox)
  • Just Raise the Gas Tax, Already (Record-Searchlight, Seacoastonline, MyCentralJersey)
  • …It’s Grover Norquist’s Fault That Congress Won’t Do It (Star-Ledger)
  • California Legislature Says Yes to the Bullet Train (SF Gate, CNET)
  • Examiner: Ray LaHood <3 High-Speed Rail –> Ray LaHood = Mao Tse-Tung
  • Your Tax Dollars Are Supporting Flammable Sprawl in the West (Billings Gazette)
  • People Are Driving Less. Transit Needs a Sustainable Funding Source to Keep Up (Journal Sentinel)
  • Record Heat Wreaked Havoc With Trains, In Addition to Planes and Automobiles (WaPo)
  • Cyclists Think Twice Before Sharing the Road With Increasingly Distracted Drivers (Amarillo Globe-News)
  • Bike-Share Brings Out More Cyclists, Who “Assert Themselves More Than They Should” (USA Today)
  • Take a double dose of snark this morning?  Not that I mind, of course.

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