Today’s Headlines

  • Shorter U.S. Life Expectancy Mostly Explained by Drugs, Guns, and Cars (Reuters)
  • Computers Will Count as Drivers Under Federal Regulations for Self-Driving Cars (Boston Globe)
  • Grand Rapids BRT Project Would Get $57 Million Under Obama’s “DOA” Budget (Mass Transit)
  • …Purple Line in D.C. Would Be in Line for Funding As Well (WaPo)
  • Obama’s Budget Calls for Expanded Urban Development Programs (Smart Growth America)
  • Plus, More Detail About Which Transit Projects Are Recommended for Funding (FTA)
  • Hawaii Lawmaker Proposes Ban on Cell Phone Use By Pedestrians in the Crosswalk (KHON2)
  • Work to Begin Widening I-75 in Detroit Suburbs; Local “Sprawl King” Calls It “Main Street” (Detroit News)
  • Massachusetts Rep Wants to Raise Fines for Jaywalking (State House News Service)
  • Atlanta’s War on Density (Atlanta Studies)


D-Day Approaches for Detroit Transit Riders

As the recession squeezes the pocketbooks of the nation’s cities, Detroit has become an unfortunate symbol of urban decline — so much so that Time Warner recently bought a house there for reporters to use while covering the locals’ struggle for financial survival. Detroit buses like this one carried an estimated 38 million riders last […]

Today’s Headlines

Obama’s Transportation Budget  as “Ambitious as It Is Unachievable” (Politico) Shuster: Transpo Budget Lacks Funding Source (The Hill) Smart Growth America Looks at How Budget Would Affect Urban Areas (Atlantic Cities) New Detroit Transit Authority Gets Busy (Free Press) Massachusetts Senate to Meet Saturday to Work on Transpo Funding ( Funding in Question for Pittsburgh-Philly-NYC Train […]

Today’s Headlines

16 Big Transit Projects That Would Be Toast Under Trump’s Budget (WaPo) Cuts Could Imperil Seattle Rail, Gateway Project, DC Metro (Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Washingtonian) How Cities Would Feel the Budget Pain (Curbed) Long-Distance Amtrak Routes Under Threat (Progressive Railroading) Trump Also Wants to Slash Transpo Funding in Rural Areas That Supported Him (Charlotte Observer) The Rail Line […]

GOP Appropriations Bill Would Turn TIGER Into a Roads Program

As the president’s transportation proposal fades from the news cycle and we eagerly await the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s six-year reauthorization bill, here comes the House Republicans’ proposed budget for transportation and housing for next year. Note: What the House GOP released yesterday wasn’t an authorization bill but an appropriations bill for 2015. […]