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 […]

House Bill Would Give Cities and Towns More Say Over Transpo Spending

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A bill to give local governments greater access to transportation funds has bipartisan sponsors in the House of Representatives. The Innovation in Surface Transportation Act, introduced late last month, would let local communities access a much more significant share of federal transportation funds. The legislation would set aside a share of various federal programs that flow to […]

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 […]