Today’s Headlines

  • D.C. Metro crash becomes a factor in the debate over a new federal transportation bill (The Hill)
  • Oberstar’s $450 billion proposal includes strong provisions for monitoring drug and alcohol abuse by truckers (The Trucker)
  • Fellow Floridian lawmakers lobby Rep. John Mica (R) on increasing the state’s gas tax reimbursement (McClatchy)
  • Congressional audit concurs with transportation-finance commissioner Skancke: U.S. lacks strategic plan for high-speed rail (AP)

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