Today’s Headlines

  • The Arlington neighborhood in suburban D.C. is an unabashed success story — might have something to do with its proximity to transit and dense, mixed-use development (NYT)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) likes the sound of a second stimulus dedicated entirely to infrastructure, regardless of what some colleagues might think (Politico)
  • Before Obama was president, he won an "Active Living Hero" award for promoting legislation for cyclists and pedestrians (Oregonian)
  • Bids are coming in so low for stimulus work in Colorado that nine new road projects, including one pedestrian bridge, have gotten the green light (Denver Biz Jrnl)
  • Sign of progress? Texas DOT kills massive toll road proposal with a "no build" recommendation following an environmental impact study (Chron)
  • Vice President Biden visits Connecticut to tout highway stimulus project (Wilton Villager)
  • That Senate climate bill, with its slim focus on clean transportation, still doesn’t have a scheduled hearing (Roll Call)
  • What good is a ban on texting and phoning while driving if there’s no enforcement? (WaPo)

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