Today’s Headlines

  • Federal highway safety regulators knew that cell phone use while driving — even on a hands-free device — was a massive safety risk, but they hid it from Congress (NYT)
  • LaHood’s stimulus tour stops in Sarasota, Florida (Herald-Trib)
  • Don’t fret, New Yorkers: The $8 billion Hudson transit tunnel is on track for federal money whether or not Congress approves a transport bill this year (
  • Washington is approving a lot of road stimulus projects, but that doesn’t mean shovels are in the ground (LAT)
  • House GOPers want to force the White House to release more details on its dealings with the domestic auto industry (CQ)


Oberstar Stays Optimistic About New Transport Bill in 2010

House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) today renewed his call for action on a new federal infrastructure bill before year’s end, using a hearing on the Obama administration’s stimulus law to urge passage of long-term legislation as well as a second round of short-term investment in roads, bridges, and rail. House transport committee chairman […]

White House Backs $50B For ‘Merit-Based Infrastructure Investment’

President Obama today threw his weight behind significant new transportation spending as part of a broad jobs bill taking shape in Congress, with $50 billion slated for transit, roads, bridges, and ports and the administration endorsing "merit-based infrastructure investment that leverages federal dollars." President Obama gave a high-profile jobs speech today. (Photo: NYT) During his […]

Connecticut Lawmakers Livid at the State’s Transport Stimulus Shutout

Connecticut was not alone in its failure to win any funding from the Obama administration’s competition for $1.5 billion in TIGER stimulus grants, but its Democratic members of Congress are not nursing their wounds quietly. Outlined in purple are improvements to Stamford’s Harbor Point neighborhood that would have been funded by TIGER grants. (Image: ConnDOT) […]

Senate Approves Stimulus Bill — On to Conference Committee

Transportation Enhancements funding helped to expand Roberto Clemente Plaza at the Bronx Hub. The League of American Bicyclists has issued an action alert to keep that program in the stimulus bill. The Senate approved its version of the stimulus bill this afternoon by a 61-37 vote. Attention now turns to conference committee negotiations, where differences […]