Today’s Headlines

  • California releases its detailed plans for statewide high-speed rail (SMC Times)
  • Massachusetts governor fires back at Oberstar’s critique of how fast/well the state is spending its stimulus money (Globe)
  • Mysterious fires on transit buses attract attention in Atlanta (AJC)
  • Louisiana Republican joins Democrats in urging Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) to reconsider his change-of-heart on high-speed rail — here’s the first chapter in the story (
  • Lagging transportation construction helps drag down economic indicators in manufacturing (Bloomberg)
  • European Commission to get behind a small, but perhaps groundbreaking, carbon tax (WSJ)


Obama Dismisses Gas Tax “Gimmick”

With primaries in North Carolina and Indiana less than a week out, Barack Obama seems to have taken Streetsbloggers’ advice with this ad explaining why a suspension of the federal gas tax, as called for by Hillary Clinton and John McCain (among others), is a sham. It’s a masterful spot: the swelling orchestral score, the […]

Today’s Headlines

New uptick in female drunk driving prompts action from U.S. DOT (CBS) Gov. Bobby Jindal’s high-speed rail hypocrisy (ThinkProgress via Yglesias) Lack of will in Washington to raise the federal gas tax prompting Arkansas to consider a hike (Ark. News) Florida governor’s office fires back at House transport committee: We’re chasing the stimulus money as […]
Lyon HSR station

How France Makes High-Speed Rail Stations Meld With Cities

As France develops its high-speed rail network, the areas around stations are treated not just as transportation initiatives but as city-building projects. This discussion centers on how public agencies plan high-speed rail station areas in France, integration of the stations into districts as a whole, and the importance of a comprehensive vision for integrating transportation and land use in the station district.

Michigan’s Looking Good in the High-Speed Rail Chase

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a powerful advocate for high-speed rail funding. (Photo: Listings Foreclosures) During an appearance in Michigan today to promote the Obama administration’s economic recovery efforts, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a potentially prescient prediction about the regions vying for federal help to build inter-city high-speed rail. Per the Detroit News, […]