Today’s Headlines

  • The Obama administration is prepared to unveil its plan to set long-absent national transit safety standards (WashPost)
  • Transportation construction companies say the stimulus isn’t helping their employment picture, call for a higher gas tax and an eventual transition to a VMT tax (Post-Gazette)
  • Specter wants the federal government to stay out of the debate over two high-profile tolling proposals in his home state of Pennsylvania (The Reporter)
  • Goldman Sachs reads the writing on wall, predicts an infrastructure stimulus early next year (Zero Hedge)
  • LaHood gives a boost to planners of a major road-widening project in his home state … (Daily Herald)
  • … as a bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers presses him for action on a road-widening project near a paper mill that’s soon to close down (Tidewater News)
  • Northeastern states form a working group to increase their chances at getting federal high-speed rail aid (Boston Herald)

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Stimulus and Outrage Around the Network

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Much of the talk on the Streetsblog Network has been about the stimulus package that goes before the House of Representatives today, as members mobilize their readers in support of Rep. Jerry Nadler’s amendment adding money for transit. More of this, please. One interesting stimulus-related note is on Gristmill, where David Roberts cites poll numbers […]

LaHood Reaches Out to Transit Industry, Lamenting ‘Lousy Economy’

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sought to commiserate with the cash-strapped transit industry today, declaring the Obama administration an ally of local rail and bus agencies even as the "lousy economy" clouds prospects for passage of a new long-term federal transportation bill. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Getty Images) In an address to the American Public […]

Wiki Wednesday: The Story of the Stimulus

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Looks like the conference committee made quick work of the stimulus bill, with Harry Reid announcing that a deal has been reached much sooner than expected (perhaps a bit too prematurely). We’ll have the specifics on transportation funding later tonight or early tomorrow. For now, relive the stimulus saga with StreetsWiki. Contributor DianaD has added […]

What Does Profitability Mean for Transit?

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Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’re featuring a post from The Transport Politic, in which he takes up a discussion with Cap’n Transit about what constitutes profitability for a transit system:  Photo by network member Rail Life via Flickr. [T]he meaning of the word "profitable" itself is subjective. We could argue that getting enough revenue […]

Making the Connections on Stimulus Spending

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Lots of news from the Streetsblog Network today, some good and some not so good. Design New Haven has a thought-provoking piece about a recent argument from the Congress for the New Urbanism on how to target stimulus funding : According to the CNU, priority stimulus funding should be given to projects that enhance connectivity […]