Today’s Headlines

  • Ford, Nissan, Tesla will get $25 billion in loans today from the Obama administration for retooling factories to produce electric cars (Detroit Free Press)
  • Nine killed in Washington Metro crash, the system’s worst accident in history (NYT)
  • Lawmakers trek to Pittsburgh to talk up high-speed rail possibilities (Business Times)
  • Construction and highway lobbies backing Oberstar’s push for a federal transpo bill this year (The Hill)
  • Boxer to call AASHTO chief, cement company CEO to hearing on highway trust fund (EPW Committee)
  • Hyundai CEO joins New Yorker columnist Surowiecki in calling for a flexible gas tax designed to keep oil prices stable (AP)

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Put Your Listening Cap On, Committee Members

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As promised, the Transportation Committee (the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, to be precise) has sent the tentative witness list for its two-day hearing that purports to “Focus on Surface Transportation Bill and Streamlining Programs, Cutting Red Tape & Creating Jobs.” Lawmakers better get a comfy seat, because they’re planning to sit through twenty witnesses each […]

Know Your Road Lobbyists: The American Highway Users Alliance

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For a 77-year-old nonprofit group with substantial Washington clout, the American Highway Users Alliance keeps a pretty low profile. Its members are not listed on its website, but interested parties are asked a few questions: "Are you outraged by the deaths of 120 people each day on our roads? Are you pro-environment AND pro-highway?" Average […]

Fix-It-First Bill Introduced in Senate

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Highway maintenance has been getting short shrift in state budgets, according to a recent report from Smart Growth America. But a bill introduced in the Senate today seeks to address the imbalance between road construction and maintenance. Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Preservation and Renewal of Federal-Aid Highways Act would require states to develop targets for […]

America’s Least Wanted Highways

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The Congress for New Urbanism released a highly entertaining top ten list today: the North American highways most in need of demolition. At the top is Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, a structurally damaged elevated highway that, if removed, would free up 335 acres of public land by Elliott Bay. New York’s Sheridan Expressway, which traverses […]

Today’s Headlines

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Fracking Boom Has Turned Texas Highways Into the Nation’s Deadliest (NPR) Why New Jersey Spends 8 Times the National Average on Roads (USA Today) Texas Voters to Decide Whether to Spend Rainy Day Fund on Roads (KFOX14) Number 12 in the California HSR Chronicles: Commute Logistics (Atlantic) Boston’s Beacon Street Is Designed for Speed (Walking […]