Today’s Headlines

  • D.C. Metro crash casts a grim light on insufficient federal support for transit (Time)
  • LaHood: Looming highway trust fund bankruptcy will leave states in crisis … (WSJ)
  • … but the administration is proud of how quickly it’s allocated highway money (AP)
  • Rep. John Mica (R-FL) talks up the need for infrastructure investment (PBS)
  • DeFazio suggests paying for new transpo bill with a 0.02 percent tax on oil speculators (Infrastructurist)

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