Today’s Headlines

  • House Democrats are eyeing a $450 billion price tag for their federal transportation bill but haven’t solved the revenue puzzle (WSJ)
  • Obama administration’s new climate change report says transportation will affect the warming planet … but the warming planet also will affect transportation (NYT)
  • Local transit agencies cheer the war spending bill for allowing them to use federal cash on operating costs (NYT)
  • Virginia becomes the last state to formally request stimulus money for transportation — four months after the economic recovery bill passed (WaPo)

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Today’s Headlines

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Senate to vote today on final approval of jobs bill that extends the 2005 transportation law until 2011 (MLive.com) Oberstar floats the idea of a taxpayer loan to the highway trust fund to pay for the next long-term federal transport bill (DC Velocity) A look at Pittsburgh’s efforts to join the urban sustainability vanguard (Post-Gazette) […]

APHA Tallies ‘Hidden Health Costs’ of Transportation Status Quo

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The nation’s transportation planning process fails to account for more than $200 billion per year in "hidden health costs" imposed by traffic and air pollution, according to a new report from the American Public Health Association (APHA) that maps the nexus between infrastructure and health care. Traffic brings with it billions of dollars in "hidden […]

Petition: Support a Climate Bill That Invests in Green Transportation

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At the end of March, representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey introduced an ambitious federal climate bill. This is the real deal — the legislative centerpiece of President Obama’s effort to combat global warming. Transportation contributes about a third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., so any climate bill will have to green […]

Today’s Headlines

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Cities around the nation eye Congress’ move to let stimulus money be used for transit operating costs (Seattle P-I, K.C. Star, Poughkeepsie Journal) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks George Will and his fuel-chugging ’98 Buick … (NYT) … while talking up a national infrastructure bank and reform for local MPOs (U.S. News) APTA spots the […]
The White House could exclude climate change from new infrastructure projects in a revision of a 50-year-old environmental rule this week. Image: J. Daniel Escareño

Congress Vows to Fight Trump’s Environmental Rule Change

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The Transportation Research Board’s 99th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. from Jan. 12-16, 2020. Click here for more information. Congressional leaders vowed they won’t let the president get away with gutting environmental laws after learning the Trump administration will scrap requirements to consider the climate consequences for new highways and pipelines. A White […]

Today’s Headlines

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Boxer: Senate considering breaking up its jobs bill into several pieces, with an infrastructure provision that would bail out the highway trust fund for this year (Dow Jones) Conservative Rep. Don Young (R-AK), architect of the 2005 federal transportation bill, admits that Alaska’s plans for a gas tax suspension would endanger its financial support from […]