Today’s Headlines

  • June was a good month for $787 billion stimulus bill, House transpo panel finds (Reuters)
  • Oberstar writes his old buddy Larry Summers with concerns over airline competition (Dow Jones)
  • Eight midwestern governors sign formal pact to seek high-speed rail money (Reuters)
  • Texting while driving increases drivers’ risk of crashes by a factor of 23, according to new study (NYT)

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France Experiments With Paying People to Bike to Work

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A new program administered by the French government will offer people monetary compensation to bike to work. France has launched an experimental program using 20 companies employing 10,000 individuals. Over a six-month period, employees who bike to work will be paid the equivalent of U.S. $0.34 per mile, Reuters reports. The payments will come from the participating […]

No Wonder the NYPD is Cracking Down on Bikes

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Reuters reports, Bicycle and oil deals cement Chavez’s ties to Iran: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez enveloped his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a bear hug on Sunday and the two men backed their anti-U.S. rhetoric with deals on everything from bicycles to oil.

Today’s Headlines

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European ash cloud prompting push for better rail systems (Reuters) Villaraigosa uses airport tarmac encounter to lobby Obama on federal funding for "30/10" transit plan (LAist) $48B in transport funding now available to states, about a month after Congress officially extended the 2005 transportation law until next year (DOT Press) Conservatives blast Oberstar’s new proposal […]

Today’s Headlines

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D’oh! "Cash for clunkers" is headed for the scrap bin, four days after it began (NYT) Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, supports congressional ban on texting while driving (InfoWeek) Two years after Minnesota’s fatal bridge collapse, the state’s riskiest bridges are missing out on stimulus money (AP) Government investigators find 20 "living dead" … […]

Today’s Headlines

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LaHood twists the Senate’s arm on re-upping "cash for clunkers" … (AP) … while some Republicans sense an opening and start criticizing the car-rebate program (NYT) Can Schumer and Lautenberg coax their colleagues into more high-speed rail money? (NYT) Congress, led by Oberstar, slams agencies for slow stimulus spending (Reuters)

Today’s Headlines

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Look who’s lobbying for a gas tax hike: the nation’s biggest business lobby (WaPo) State DOTs don’t like the suggestion that their stimulus spending is less than fabulous (AP) A lengthy profile of Randal O’Toole, anti-transit crusader (Greenwire) LaHood says private investment in roads could lag behind high-speed rail (Reuters) Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) is becoming […]