Today’s Headlines

  • D.C. Metro Takes Over Silver Line, Preps for Summer Opening (WaPo)
  • House GOP Turns to Postal Service to Shore Up Transportation Funding — Yes, Really (Bloomberg)
  • Roll Call: Raising Funds Through Interstate Tolling Isn’t a Bad Idea
  • Senate Commerce Committee to Take Up Transpo Bill June 3 (The Hill)
  • Atlanta Bolsters MARTA Service to Airport (Online Athens)
  • San Diego Connects Neighborhoods With Seven-Mile Bike Loop (KPBS)
  • Feds Give NJ Transit, PATH $235M for Sandy Damage (Asbury Park Press)
  • Why Did America Build, Then Throw Away, Its Urban Streetcars? (Governing)
  • Minneapolis Plants Seeds for a Lively Downtown (NYT)
  • Arlington Offers National Model of TOD (Mobility Lab)
  • West Palm Beach Studies Walkability with Jeff Speck (CBS 12)
  • bolwerk

    That Dupont Circle station picture in the streetcar piece is pretty striking. To think it was only used for 13 years.

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Obama to Call for Shifting Transportation Away from Oil (WaPo) Why are Gas Taxes “Back in Fashion”? (Reuters) London’s New Bike Plan Takes Some Cues from Portland (Bike Portland) Shuster Sums Up Yesterday’s MAP-21 Hearing Rail Traffic = Humming Economy (Business Insider) Missouri Senate Passes 1-Cent Sales Tax for Transpo (AP) California Assembly Member Targets High-Speed […]

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