Today’s Headlines

  • A response to the New York Times piece claiming that America no longer builds ‘mega-projects’: We’re paying for them in the Mideast (Foreign Policy via Yglesias)
  • The Wall Street Journal quotes construction company chiefs lamenting transportation job losses and wishing for a "pavement fairy" — prompting LaHood to fire back (DOT Blog)
  • Oberstar says the price tag for a high-speed rail link between Duluth and Minneapolis-St. Paul is too high (MPR)
  • A new study says Denver area residents may never see the transit improvements for which they agreed to pay higher taxes (Times-Call)
  • Parking cash-outs: Environmentally healthier, and more accessible, than free parking (EDF Blog)
  • How green is your economic stimulus? Not very much, based on actual spending data released so far (Green Bldg Law Blog via NRDC)
  • Wichita transit authority using stimulus money to replace its old Ford cars with new hybrids (Eagle)

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