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)


When Will the Feds Stop Outlawing Railcars Used By the Rest of the World?

The removal of 115 railcars from service in Philadelphia last week was the latest example of the troubles American commuter rail agencies face when purchasing rolling stock. Thanks to cracks in a critical component of the railcars, riders are looking at severe service reductions for at least the entire summer. While U.S. DOT floated a regulatory change that could prevent similar […]

Shutdown: Congress Prepares to Furlough One-Third of U.S. DOT Staff

Looks like we’re heading for a real, honest-to-goodness government shutdown tomorrow due to a childish Congressional food fight over budgets and health care. Already this year, thousands of government employees faced furloughs due to sequestration, and now they’re looking at an indefinite unpaid leave. It’ll last until Congress can play nice and make a deal […]