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)

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