Today’s Headlines

  • Proposed change to unionization rules that would make it easier for rail and airline workers to unionize is drawing fire (WSJ)
  • Development debate now raging in Tysons Corner, Virginia, offers an opening to try out the "value capture" method of transportation funding (TNR’s Avenue)
  • Streetcar construction is on the ballot in Idaho this Election Day; and the trolley revival is going national (AP)
  • One anonymous high-speed rail advocate sounds off: If the $50 billion investment envisioned by the House transportation bill doesn’t get through, momentum could be lost for good (Courant)
  • Environmental Protection Agency fines San Francisco’s transit authority $250,000 for its role in diesel spill (AP)
  • Portland hospital chain weighs in on the city’s 25-year transportation plan (Oregonian)
  • Harvard’s newest sociology class will focus on urban inequality, using TV’s "The Wire" as a way in (NY Post)

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Rail Across America

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You’ve probably seen this already. It’s the latest graphic representation of the nation’s proposed high-speed rail corridors, and it’s been all over the transportation blogosphere since President Obama stood beside it at a press conference yesterday. Those corridors are likely to change somewhat as the administration refines its new strategy for high-speed rail, says Transport […]

The Political Climate That Makes Transportation Reform Run

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When House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) recently accused his colleagues of lacking the "political will" to pursue long-term reform of infrastructure policy, he wasn’t simply employing a D.C. rhetorical flourish. To understand what Oberstar meant, let’s travel to Berlin for a moment. A German-made high-speed rail car. (Photo: Spiegel) Colby Itkowitz, CQ’s crack […]

Freight Rail, Streetcars Are Tops in Stimulus’ TIGER Chase

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The Obama administration today announced the winners of $1.5 billion stimulus in highly competitive stimulus grants under the program known as Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER. Southeastern and midwestern freight rail projects were the day’s biggest winners, with urban streetcar projects also making a big splash. Freight rail in Chicago, where the CREATE […]