Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar questions whether most people would notice a small gas tax increase; "They will notice, however, when their roads fall apart" — but he hasn’t ruled out DeFazio’s oil-speculators tax, either (Timberjay)
  • From the Dept. of Strange Bedfellows: Detroit automakers help defeat a proposed amendment that would have prevented the EPA from acting on climate change this year (TNR)
  • Minneapolis’ home county prepares a broad transit-centric remaking of the city’s west side (Fin&Comm)
  • Read the U.S. DOT’s recent safety warning letter to transit agencies (FTA Press)

(ed. note. Streetsblog Capitol Hill will be on a quieter schedule until Tuesday — but stay tuned for some coverage from Ryan Avent and other great contributors.)

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