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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