Today’s Headlines

  • Transit workers union brags about its political donation winning a White House nomination, making senators very angry (Roll Call)
  • Back home in Minnesota, Oberstar keeps jabbing at the White House’s transpo delay plan (Finance and Commerce)
  • Obama announces $2.4 billion in grants to car battery manufacturers (NYT)
  • Senate vote on "cash for clunkers" re-up could fall to Friday amid procedural wrangling (Bloomberg)

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Paul Steely White and Brian Lehrer Analyze DOT Plan

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With more on DOT’s Sustainable Streets plan, here’s Transportation Alternatives’ Paul Steely White on this morning’s Brian Lehrer Show. Over the course of the 17 minute clip, White and Lehrer discuss parking policy, bike commuting and Bus Rapid Transit. Don’t miss the Streetsblog plug. Also this morning, Lehrer hosted New York Times reporter John Broder […]

White House: Transit Inflation Outstripping Private Transportation

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The White House’s annual economic report, in addition to its endorsement of inter-city rail and transit spending, also sheds more light on transit inflation, which is often reported anecdotally in the many cities struggling with fare hikes but rarely put in statistical terms by economists. (Photo: UPI) In the appendices of its report, the president’s […]

White House Budget Includes $530M for Local Sustainability, $1B for HSR

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The White House officially unveiled its $3.8 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2011 this morning, seeking $1 billion to continue its high-speed rail investment and $530 million for the transportation leg of the Obama administration’s inter-agency push to promote sustainable planning on the local level. White House budget chief Peter Orszag challenged employees to […]

White House Pitches $400M for Healthier Neighborhood Food Outlets

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The connection between walkable development and grocery shopping may not seem immediately apparent — until you consider studies conducted in cities from Austin to Seattle that showed the share of trips taken by foot or by transit rises as local food outlets move closer to residential areas. The White House budget envisions a new investment […]