Today’s Headlines

  • Ahead of today’s U.S. DOT texting-while-driving summit, the Obama administration signals it’ll work to pass a national ban (NPR, US News)
  • Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) makes the case for transportation reform being health reform — if inadvertently (Yglesias)
  • The EPA is preparing to revise its method of measuring cars’ energy use, to prevent GM and other electric-car developers from releasing questionable triple-digit "miles per gallon" numbers (USAT)
  • The trains in Spain were anything but plain to a visiting delegation of midwestern high-speed rail planners (AP)
  • Government auditors find that local highway and transit officials are having problems reporting to Washington on how they’re spending stimulus money (OMB Watch)

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Philly’s biggest newspaper urges LaHood to approve the state’s bid to toll I-80 (Inquirer) A profile of Detroit’s nascent urban farming effort (Free Press) Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) to hold state "transportation summit" this month (AP) Houston mayor says Obama administration is pushing her to get the local transit authority’s act together to ensure […]

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Is the Obama administration really cutting New York’s transit security funding? Lawmakers say yes (AP), White House says no (AP) Senate climate bill, backed by capital’s biggest transport reform group, could undermine existing clean-air rules (MoJo Blogs) Gas tax remains a bugaboo, but Dems are pursuing an oil liability fee in wake of Gulf oil […]

A Lesson in Heading Off Anti-Reform Rhetoric

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To opponents of sustainable transportation, incremental reforms designed to level the playing field between cars and other modes of transportation can too easily be seen — or characterized — as a plot to take away their vehicles and homes in the suburbs. For a particularly apt example, look no further than Fred Barnes’ recent article […]

The Dividends of Car-Free Parenting

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Today’s highlights from the Streetsblog Network, roundup-style: The Financial Payoff of Car-Free Parenthood: On Carfree with Kids, a mother reflects on how foregoing car ownership helped her family achieve important financial goals: buying a house, setting up an emergency fund and paying for daycare for two kids. Author Dorea recalls a fateful decision her family […]

Obama Admin Will Make Its Transportation Push… During the Next Congress

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President Obama is “going to throw his support behind a six-year reauthorization of the transportation program” in Congress. That was the word today from Roy Kienitz, who represented the Transportation Department today as he testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. In a meeting with transportation reform advocates last week, Secretary Ray LaHood […]

Fact-Checking the Toyota Hearing: Lower Speeds Increase Safety

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Megan McArdle at the Atlantic, writing on today’s Toyota hearing in the House oversight committee, hears Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood claim that "lowering the speed limit to 30 mph would not save any lives, which is why we have minimum speeds on highways." LaHood, at left, with the president at right. (Photo: whitehouse via Flickr) […]