Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar: Midwest is ahead of California in high-speed rail planning (MinnPost)
  • D.C. Metro chief rejects proposal to phase out rail cars that are subject to tax-shelter leases; instead, the cars will be sandwiched between newer models (WJLA)
  • Illinois PIRG: We’ll wait as long as it takes for a worthy new transportation bill (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Gov’t reveals which communities are hosting high-hazard coal ash dumps (EPA)

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Rail Across America

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You’ve probably seen this already. It’s the latest graphic representation of the nation’s proposed high-speed rail corridors, and it’s been all over the transportation blogosphere since President Obama stood beside it at a press conference yesterday. Those corridors are likely to change somewhat as the administration refines its new strategy for high-speed rail, says Transport […]

Today’s Headlines

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Foxx’s 30-Year Transportation Plan Emphasizes Choices Beyond Highways (CityLab) Purple Line Gets $100M in Federal Budget, Even if Maryland’s Support is Uncertain (WaPo) … And Minneapolis Light Rail Gets $150M, If Everything Goes Right (Minn Post) Is Florida’s SunRail in Jeopardy? (Orlando Biz Journal) With Budget, Obama Faces Clash With GOP Over Climate Actions (EE News) […]

32 Rail Companies Commit to Expanding in U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan

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As the Obama administration and Congress keep a close eye on jobless numbers and the shrinking American manufacturing base, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that 32 rail companies that have promised to expand U.S. operations if they are chosen to help states build high-speed train networks. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, toured the Spanish […]

Today’s Headlines

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Clyburn: Stock Trade Tax Could Pay For Transportation Bill (CBN) Twelve Anti-Transit Conservative Myths (New Republic) Middle-Aged Folks Could Benefit Most From Active Transportation (Gallup) Chances Good That the Next Few Years Will Suck for Greens (Grist) Meanwhile, Prominent Climate Skeptic Reverses Course (Nature) DOT Touts New Manufacturing Standards for High-Speed Rail Cars (Transpo Nation, […]

Today’s Headlines

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New poll finds 83 percent of respondents supporting more federal funding for high-speed rail and transit (HNTB Press via @beyondDC) Investor Carl Icahn is forming a consortium to go after a share of the high-speed rail pie (AP) Federal transportation safety regulators call for national crash-resistance standards for transit cars (Bloomberg) How blue is your […]

LaHood: High Speed Rail Will Be Our Generation’s Legacy

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood published an op-ed in the Sunday edition of the Orlando Sentinel, arguing for a vigorous campaign of high speed rail building. He said, “If we work together, a national high-speed-rail network can and will be our generation’s legacy.” Why run the op-ed in the Sentinel and not a national paper like […]