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)


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, […]

General Electric Inks High-Speed Rail Deal With Chinese Government

While President Obama grappled with political concerns during his trip to China this week, General Electric was busy signing technology-sharing agreements with Beijing partners — including a high-speed rail pact that positions GE to leap ahead of its competitors in the race for business from the Obama administration’s bullet train rollout. One of China’s high-speed […]

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 […]