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)

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Today’s Headlines

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Oberstar: Midwest is ahead of California in high-speed rail planning (MinnPost) D.C. Metro chief rejects proposal to phase out rail cars that are subject to tax-shelter leases; instead, the cars will be sandwiched between newer models (WJLA) Biden heads to Colorado today to tout a new bike path that the state DOT is building with […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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, […]

Today’s Headlines

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New poll finds 83 percent of respondents supporting more federal funding for high-speed rail and transit (HNTB Press via @beyondDC) Investor Carl Icahn is forming a consortium to go after a share of the high-speed rail pie (AP) Federal transportation safety regulators call for national crash-resistance standards for transit cars (Bloomberg) How blue is your […]

LaHood: High Speed Rail Will Be Our Generation’s Legacy

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood published an op-ed in the Sunday edition of the Orlando Sentinel, arguing for a vigorous campaign of high speed rail building. He said, “If we work together, a national high-speed-rail network can and will be our generation’s legacy.” Why run the op-ed in the Sentinel and not a national paper like […]