Today’s Headlines

  • House Stays Silent in Funding Debate (The Hill)
  • How Senate’s MAP-21 Reauthorization Might Affect Cities (Next City)
  • Obama Criticizes GOP for Taking Credit on Projects They Wouldn’t Fund (The Hill)
  • Honolulu Rail Faces Obstacles to Budget, Schedule (Pacific Biz News)
  • With Biden’s Cleveland Visit, Plain Dealer Looks at Importance of TIGER Grants in Ohio
  • 121 Projects Developing Along Twin Cities Green Line (Finance and Commerce)
  • Key Senator Supports Phased Gas Tax Increase (Fleet Owner)
  • Why Rising Rents Around New Transit Don’t Tell the Whole Story (Atlantic Cities)
  • Pop-Up Market Gives a Glimpse of Possibilities Along St. Louis Metrolink (St. Louis Public Radio)
  • Why Does Everyone Always Low-Ball the Costs of Transpo Projects? (WaPo)
  • Google Maps Brings Public Transit Data to UK (BBC)

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Chao to Senate: List of “Principles” Coming Soon (CNN), But Don’t Expect List of Priority Projects (Hill) Former Indy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith Pushes Public-Private Partnerships as Infrastructure Cure-All (Reason) Detroit Streetcar Raises Questions About Role of Business and Foundation Funders (Inside Philanthropy) Robert Puentes: Why Have Transit Systems Across the Country Been Losing Riders? (US News) Dayton Transit […]

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Planning a Streetcar? Better Get Your Zoning Right

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