Welcome to Streetsblog Capitol Hill

When was the last time you read a good article on transportation policy-making in Washington?

Have you ever wished that the D.C. media could do a better job of mapping the political landscape that keeps transit under-funded and new road projects flush with federal cash?

If you had trouble answering the first question or answered yes to the second, consider this blog your new home away from home. Streetsblog Capitol Hill is a federal version of the Streetsblogs in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco — a place for community residents and livable streets advocates to connect with the often daunting bureaucracy in the nation’s capital.

I’ll be your everyday voice on this page (see here for more on my background), but other contributors will lend their insights and original reporting as Congress and the Obama administration tackle the nation’s transportation challenges.

And while our mission is to maintain an outside-the-Beltway voice, we hope to find readers right here in the capital. If you’re an aide, lawmaker or advocate who has Googled the transportation issue you care about only to find it getting little or no coverage, this blog is also for you.

I can be reached any time at elana (at) streetsblog (dot) org. If you have a tip, question, thought or suggestion, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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LaHood Praises NYC But Shrugs at Transport Reform to Empower Cities

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the New York City area’s clean-transportation strategy today in a speech to the region’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO), promising a stronger focus on urban priorities even as he all but ruled out two reforms long sought by the nation’s cities. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Zimbio) LaHood’s speech to the […]

Introducing Tanya Snyder, Streetsblog’s New National Reporter

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You may have noticed a new byline popping up on Streetsblog lately, and it’s time to finally make it official: We’re pleased to announce the arrival of Tanya Snyder as our new reporter tracking the national transportation policy beat. Before joining Streetsblog, Tanya covered Congress for Pacifica Radio’s Washington Bureau and for public radio stations […]

Oberstar’s Transportation Bill: Download it in Full

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) new federal bill, which he previewed Wednesday despite pushback from the Obama administration, is officially out. You can download the 775-page legislative text right here, thanks to Transportation for America. Streetsblog Capitol Hill is thumbing through it right now to provide highlights later today.

Transit Operating Aid Bill Doesn’t Fly With Major D.C. Transit Group

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A burgeoning congressional push to let urban transit agencies tap federal funds for operating their systems is not sitting well with the transit industry’s largest D.C. lobbying group, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). A rail car from New York City’s transit authority, one of APTA’s biggest members. (Photo: TreeHugger) Paul Dean, APTA’s government relations […]

Signing Off — But Stay Tuned

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This week marks the first anniversary of Streetsblog Capitol Hill, as well as a time of transition — this post will be my last for the site. I hope that the blog’s coverage has helped illuminate some of the previously impenetrable details of federal transportation policy-making, and I hope you will continue reading the valuable […]