Today’s Headlines

  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board and its, uh, actual reporters don’t see eye-to-eye on the climate issue (Grist)
  • Not a joke: Now that the developed world is consuming less of its oil, the Saudi government wants compensation (NYT)
  • The White House economic recovery effort is slated to release its first round of job-creation estimates and contracting data for the $787 billion stimulus … but a lot of info will be left out of this round (WSJ)
  • Reviewing Weyrich and Lind’s new book on why conservatives should support transit — because the government has already intervened enough in transportation policy (Politics Daily)
  • Chicago’s mayor says the city needs to rethink its policy of giving seniors free transit rides (AP)
  • Bombardier, which could help build high-speed rail in America, snags a $383 million deal for Italian electrified trains (Bloomberg)
  • The Bush administration knew in 2007 that CO2 emissions were a threat to public health, and the document it went to great pains to keep secret is now public (Greenwire)


The Koch Brothers’ War on Transit

Transit advocates around the country were transfixed by a story in Tennessee this April, when the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity made a bid to pre-emptively kill Nashville bus rapid transit. It was an especially brazen attempt by Charles and David Koch’s political network to strong-arm local transportation policy makers. But it was far from […]

Could Ending the ‘War on Drugs’ Help Ease Urban Budget Crises?

Despite talk of a nascent economic recovery, the brutal toll exacted on state budgets by the recession continues — with palpable consequences for transit riders and already lower-income urbanites. Could the cure for cities’ fiscal woes be a dramatic shift in drug policy? A class on dispensary management in Oakland, where drug sales are taxed […]

Looking Ahead to the Year in Transit Expansion

After significant transit construction in the United States in 2014, the next year will see another impressive round of groundbreakings and new openings. That’s according to Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic, who has catalogued major transit expansion projects throughout the U.S. and Canada for the last six years. In 2015, we’ll see major light rail projects begin […]

Today’s Headlines

LaHood says Obama administration should replicate the first stimulus law’s ethics limits for its next economic recovery legislation (AP) House passes massive spending bill that includes big transportation policy budget moves (AP) Members of Congress pushing to make more transit networks wired for cell service (The Hill) Washington D.C.’s transit authority heading for management shakeup […]

Why Conservatives (and Everyone) Should Care About Transit

Big thanks this morning to Streetsblog Network member Trains for America, which links to a fascinating essay from the Witherspoon Institute on why social conservatives should support public transit and walkable communities. Here’s a taste of the Witherspoon piece: Looking for real family values? You’ll find them in walkable communities. Photo by renee @ FIMBY […]