Today’s Headlines

  • Feds giving cities more money for transit security (AFP)
  • How will the House v. Senate face-off on transport funding end? Some lobbyists see a six-month compromise (Roll Call)
  • Horrors! Utah highway officials fear more money for transit (SL Trib)
  • Virginia’s transportation is a mess — so why isn’t the self-professed "transpo candidate" for governor talking about it? (WaPo)
  • Blumenauer shakes his head sadly at "unhinged" Republicans (HuffPo)


AFL-CIO Flexing Its Muscle for Senate Transit Operating Aid Bill

The AFL-CIO, a formidable lobbying force in Washington, is throwing its weight behind a Senate bill offered last week that would authorize $2 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies forced to hike fares or cut service in lean budgetary times. Rev. Jesse Jackson, second from left, has joined transit workers’ unions in their Save […]

Senate Agrees on $26.8 Billion Highway Trust Fund Rescue

The Senate took a major step forward last night in its battle with the House over transportation funding, releasing a plan to give $26.8 billion to the dwindling highway trust fund and — perhaps most importantly, for the long term — to restore the fund’s ability to keep the interest it earns. Senate Finance Committee […]

Killing the Myth of the ‘More Shovel-Ready’ Road Stimulus

During debate over the White House’s $787 billion economic stimulus law, transit advocates watched as their projects were shortchanged and more "shovel-ready" road projects got the lion’s share of the transport pot — about $8.4 billion, compared with $27.5 billion for highways and bridges. (Photo: DMI Blog) But transit money is getting put to use […]