Today’s Headlines

  • House Dems continue a growing drumbeat in favor of infrastructure investment to create new jobs … but the funding question remains unanswered (WSJ)
  • Texas Republican gubernatorial foes Hutchison and Perry trade jabs over transportation funding (News Messenger)
  • A new poll with an eye-rolling setup: 6 in 10 people think transit and carpooling are good for the environment, but 4 in 10 aren’t likely to take advantage of the options. But 3 in 10 respondents live in rural areas where "transit is generally not readily available" (AP)
  • Ah, Maryland: the Montgomery County Council wants state transportation authorities to lower their planned tolling charges on the massive new Intercounty Connector road (Balt. Sun)
  • Ah, Virginia: Dwindling revenues will hit the state to the tune of $851 million over the next six years (Times-Dispatch)
  • Inspired by Transportation for America’s pedestrian safety report, one Florida performance artist is aiming to cross the state’s dozen most dangerous intersections (Sentinel via T4A)
  • NIMBYism constrains California solar power projects (WSJ Blog)

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