Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood stops in Seattle today to tout stimulus-funded light rail — but will he celebrate a second city’s streetcars while he’s at it? (
  • Harry Reid (D-NV) makes his choice known in the battle between two high-speed rail links between Vegas and California: No mag-lev for the Senate majority leader (LV Sun, LA Times)
  • The editorial board of Rep. Pete DeFazio’s (D-OR) home state paper backs his challenge to the Obama administration’s transpo policy (Oregonian)
  • Harvard econ professor Edward Glaeser accuses elected officials of over-infatuation with high-speed rail (Globe)


Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Rail Promoter, Announces Retirement

Yesterday afternoon, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced that Frank Lautenberg would return as chair of the committee’s Surface Transportation, & Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, & Security Subcommittee. This afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lautenberg issued a statement that “improving passenger and high-speed rail service in America and on the Northeast Corridor is […]

The Political Climate That Makes Transportation Reform Run

When House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) recently accused his colleagues of lacking the "political will" to pursue long-term reform of infrastructure policy, he wasn’t simply employing a D.C. rhetorical flourish. To understand what Oberstar meant, let’s travel to Berlin for a moment. A German-made high-speed rail car. (Photo: Spiegel) Colby Itkowitz, CQ’s crack […]