Today’s Headlines

  • No. 2-ranked Senate Democrat admits there’s no plan yet for extending federal transport law (JOC)
  • Atlanta’s MARTA transit network is freeing itself from tax-shelter traps triggered by the financial crisis — but it’s not free and clear yet (AP, AJC)
  • An editorial board that’s far from liberal says it again: the federal gas tax needs increasing (WaPo)
  • A cheeky profile of LaHood, the Obama Cabinet’s lone GOPer (Politico)
  • As the U.K.’s high-speed rail debate rages on, bus companies see potential (Guardian)
  • D.C. is poised to get a new state-of-the-art bicycling center, with a boost from the U.S. DOT (Reuters)

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LaHood: Gas Tax Increase in Congressional Hands

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