Today’s Headlines

  • Amtrak Becomes an Election Issue (HuffPo)
  • John Mica Continues His “Holy Jihad” Against Amtrak Today Despite Record Ridership (Politico)
  • Federal Government Doesn’t Think Urban Policy Is Its Bailiwick Anymore (Next American City)
  • Gentrification Isn’t About Race, It’s About Attitude (Transportation Nation, Urban Times)
  • Chicago’s Pedestrian Plan Is Still Too Car-Centric, Lacks Some Basic Information (Grid Chicago)
  • Revolution = Fitting Square Peg of Cycling Into Round Hole of Auto-Oriented Communities (USA Today)
  • Fine Print on Amtrak HSR Plan Could Turn Philadelphia Upside Down (Atlantic Cities)
  • The Finance Game Keeps Failed Greenfield Development Sites in Play (Reuters)
  • Some State DOTs Look to Smart Growth (Governing)
  • Just because Amtrak has record ride ridership doesn’t mean we should give their operating procedures and budgetary planning process a pass. Any agency trumpeting a $125 billion expansion plan that’s orders of magnitude more than any other similar plan in the world deserves the scrutiny.

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Obama Cites Transit Projects, Not Just Roads and Bridges, As Job-Creators (Chronicle) Obama Says Even God Wants Congress to Pass His Jobs Plan (AP) Mica Insists “Current Spending Levels” Doesn’t Mean You Have to Account For Inflation (JOC) Senate Appropriations Bill Includes Money For New York – New Jersey Amtrak Tunnel (NJ Today) Before You […]