Today’s Headlines

  • Inside the frustration of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congress’ livable-communities stalwart (NYT)
  • Transportation expert and former Bush-Cheney adviser Jack Schenendorf calls out today’s GOP: If Reagan and Eisenhower could preside over gas tax increases to pay for infrastructure, why can’t you guys get on board? (Williston Herald)
  • Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) takes some heat back home for being his party’s designated objector to using bailout money to close an $8.7 billion transportation contracting gap (Journal-Star)
  • The White House’s stimulus job-creation estimates are still just as fuzzy as ever … (ProPublica)
  • … and the jury’s still out on whether the stimulus’ investment in high-tech research will help the economy in the short term (NYT)
  • Sarah Palin’s back with a familiar energy policy mantra — "drill, baby, drill" (Nat’l Review)

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House Jobs Bill Answers Some Key Transportation Questions

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Today’s Headlines

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House Democrats are eyeing a $450 billion price tag for their federal transportation bill but haven’t solved the revenue puzzle (WSJ) Obama administration’s new climate change report says transportation will affect the warming planet … but the warming planet also will affect transportation (NYT) Local transit agencies cheer the war spending bill for allowing them […]

Consensus on National Transport Goals Still Eludes Industry Pros

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Policymakers and private-sector players seem to be struggling to agree on how — and whether — to set national performance targets for America’s transportation system, as evidenced by today’s debate at a high-profile infrastructure conference. (Photo: UVA) "Performance-based" is a popular buzzword in transportation circles, where clear and definable national standards are seen as the […]

Today’s Headlines

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Oberstar bashes the Obama administration anew: "They have not given transportation any thought. I have." (NPR) DeFazio also keeps the heat on, calling LaHood a "good guy [who] knows nothing about transportation" (Oregonian) Freight and trucking lobbies decline to endorse Oberstar in his battle with the White House; truckers are concerned about his support for […]

Today’s Headlines

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House transportation committee clashes over the speed of stimulus spending (USA Today) D.C. Metro crash sharpens focus on aging transit equipment (NYT) Dems go after senior GOPer Cantor on high-speed rail (Culpeper Exponent) Democratic lawmakers write to Obama to back up Wednesday’s transportation hearing (AP)