Today’s Headlines

  • Former Arizona DOT chief Victor Mendez confirmed to head the Federal Highway Administration (JOC)
  • Federal safety board tells D.C. its Metro system needs upgraded safety monitors, post-crash (WaPo)
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets behind a gas-tax increase to fund transpo … (Roll Call)
  • … but AASHTO, the state DOTs’ lobby group, can’t seem to do the same (Roll Call)
  • North Carolina gets a $386 million loan from the U.S. DOT for its first toll road (Triangle Biz Journal)
  • Steve Rattner, the financier turned White House auto-industry czar, steps down (WSJ)

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Today’s Headlines

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More coverage of the new index measuring transportation’s impact on local housing costs (WaPo, Wash Biz Jrnl, Post-Gazette) Look who came to the table for a meeting on "tripartisan" climate legislation: Voinovich (Roll Call) Dallas open to running transit to next year’s Super Bowl, but first it will need the U.S. DOT to relax its […]

Following ‘Cash for Clunkers’ with ‘Riches for Rail’

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(Photo: Washington Post) Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, began his hearing on transit today by displaying the above cartoon by Pulitzer prize-winner Tom Toles. The senator’s message parallels Toles’: In a world where the auto industry can get $2 billion more in one week, what’s to be done about […]