Today’s Headlines

  • House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-CT) backs new push for infrastructure spending to surmount high unemployment rates (The Hill)
  • The Obama administration’s high-speed rail plans are sparking a rift between traditional transport groups and those who fear the usual suspects are taking a go-slow approach (GreenWire)
  • Is newly minted rail kingpin Warren Buffett this century’s version of Cornelius Vanderbilt? (WSJ)
  • America’s convoluted, car-clogged interchanges are crying out for rebuilding, but a few have become unlikely landmarks (NYT)
  • In the Miami area, voters may get a chance to repudiate sprawl at the ballot box (Bisc. Times)
  • Study finds that enough clean power is available for an electric-car boom — in British Columbia (News 1130)


32 Rail Companies Commit to Expanding in U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan

As the Obama administration and Congress keep a close eye on jobless numbers and the shrinking American manufacturing base, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that 32 rail companies that have promised to expand U.S. operations if they are chosen to help states build high-speed train networks. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, toured the Spanish […]

Expectations for High-Speed Rail Coming Down to Earth

Three months after the Obama administration announced the first winners of what it hopes will be the first of many federal grants to build U.S. high-speed rail networks, advocates and planners are settling in for a long battle to surmount the obstacles and unknowns that stand in the way of long-term bullet train development. If […]

Michigan’s Looking Good in the High-Speed Rail Chase

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a powerful advocate for high-speed rail funding. (Photo: Listings Foreclosures) During an appearance in Michigan today to promote the Obama administration’s economic recovery efforts, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a potentially prescient prediction about the regions vying for federal help to build inter-city high-speed rail. Per the Detroit News, […]