Today’s Headlines

  • Big business interests roll out new campaigns in favor of congressional action on climate change (Politico)
  • LaHood’s message to Florida: Get serious about funding commuter rail, or forget about having a slice of the Obama administration’s high-speed rail pie (Sentinel)
  • Federal Transit Administration is hard at work on a new proposal that would set minimum safety standards for state-level rail systems (WTOP)
  • New Jersey Transit continues to push for federal legislation helping local agencies avoid getting slammed by Wall Street tax shelter deals (NJbiz.com)
  • President Obama signs an executive order implementing energy-saving sustainability initiatives at federal agencies (WH Press)

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Why Buy More Trains If You Can’t Afford to Run Them?

|
Down in balmy South Florida, D-Day is approaching for riders of the the popular Tri-Rail transit system. A looming $18 million shortfall has forced the Tri-Rail board to approve a budget that slices daily service and stops all trains by 2011 — although ridership has doubled since 2005. Tri-Rail trains like these could stop running […]

McCain’s Transit Hit List: Get the Details

|
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a self-styled foe of what he labels wasteful government spending, has launched a broadside against transit projects in the U.S. DOT’s 2010 spending bill, which is slated for a vote this week in the upper chamber of Congress. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (Photo: Scrape TV) McCain had proposed more than 20 […]

Obama Aide Defends Transit Safety Plan as Different from Rail Rules

|
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) chief Peter Rogoff today mounted a defense of the White House’s transit safety plan, assuring some skeptical members of Congress that he does not want to "replicate" inter-city rail safety rules that have taken flak for impeding the development of viable U.S. train networks. As of last year, D.C.’s Metro had […]

Following ‘Cash for Clunkers’ with ‘Riches for Rail’

|
(Photo: Washington Post) Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, began his hearing on transit today by displaying the above cartoon by Pulitzer prize-winner Tom Toles. The senator’s message parallels Toles’: In a world where the auto industry can get $2 billion more in one week, what’s to be done about […]