Today’s Headlines

Streetsblog Capitol Hill is on a light publishing schedule today. Enjoy your three-day weekend, if you have one, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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    That gas tax revenue the Maple Ridge News reports on is not a surplus.  It’s a federal gas tax transfer that has been held up since the funding rules for it were changed.  Translink today is in fact cash strapped and unable to expand service where it is desperately needed.

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As Inauguration Day gets closer, talk on the Streetsblog Network is turning back to the stimulus bill being pushed by the new administration. On Saturday, President-elect Obama once again talked to the nation about how he wants to pump federal dollars into infrastructure spending. And once again, while he singled out roads and bridges as […]

FRA Chief: America Is Driving Less and Congress Needs to Catch Up

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Speaking to reporters earlier today, Federal Railroad Administration chief Joe Szabo said that people are driving less and using transit more — and that those changes are permanent. “America’s travel habits are undergoing rapid change,” he said. It’s a fact, he said (“not opinion — statistically proven”), calling on Congress to show that it understands […]

In Iowa, GOP Candidates Ignore Transportation and Urban Issues

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With all eyes on today’s Iowa caucuses, it’s worth noting that this year’s vocal crop of GOP candidates has been mostly silent on the subject of transportation and urban issues in general. A common theme across most candidates’ platforms is the elimination of federal programs in favor of state ones, and incentives (read: tax cuts) for […]

The 2012 Capitol Hill Streetsies, Part 1

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