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 […]

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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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 […]

Michigan’s Looking Good in the High-Speed Rail Chase

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a powerful advocate for high-speed rail funding. (Photo: Listings Foreclosures) During an appearance in Michigan today to promote the Obama administration’s economic recovery efforts, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a potentially prescient prediction about the regions vying for federal help to build inter-city high-speed rail. Per the Detroit News, […]

Today’s Headlines

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Philly’s biggest newspaper urges LaHood to approve the state’s bid to toll I-80 (Inquirer) A profile of Detroit’s nascent urban farming effort (Free Press) Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) to hold state "transportation summit" this month (AP) Houston mayor says Obama administration is pushing her to get the local transit authority’s act together to ensure […]

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 […]