Today’s Headlines

  • Why is a federal energy efficiency push such a big deal? Because states like Wyoming see conservation as a national and local issue, not one to be solved at their level (NYT)
  • New Subsidyscope report finds that Amtrak loses an average of $32 per passenger (AP)
  • Congressional impasse over long-term federal transportation legislation is having a knock-on effect for struggling small businesses (WSJ)
  • How Boxer quieted critics of her approach to crafting climate legislation (Politico)
  • Oberstar successfully wins an exemption for Great Lakes ships from new EPA pollution limits (CQ Politics)

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House and Senate Split on Approach to Obama’s Transit Safety Plan

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After a year marked by discord between the House and Senate over the timing of the next federal transportation bill, another split emerged yesterday over the timetable for taking up the Obama administration’s plan for federal involvement in transit safety oversight. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) opposes the White House safety plan, but he also wants […]

Who Still Thinks the Federal Transportation Bill Will Pass On Time?

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Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House transportation committee, has vowed not to support any short-term extensions of the federal transportation bill that’s poised to expire on September 30. But Oberstar’s commitment to getting the dense legislation to the president’s desk on time may be tested by leaders of his own party. Asked this […]

Today’s Headlines

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In NYC appearance, LaHood suggests that tolls could fund new long-term federal transport bill (Transport Nation) U.S. DOT’s auto safety chief says new legislation beefing up his authorities, post-Toyota scandal, could be stronger (Bloomberg) Senate climate bill’s estimated effect on gas prices: less than a 25-cent increase, says new study (The Hill) Three new National […]

Boxer Aims to Put TIGER-Type Program in Next Federal Transport Bill

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During an otherwise-abbreviated hearing yesterday, Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA)  joined the chorus of praise for the stimulus law’s TIGER program, declaring her intention to add a version of the competitive infrastructure grants to the next long-term federal transportation bill. Bicyclists in Philadelphia, where $23 million in TIGER money was awarded to build […]