Today’s Headlines

  • Republicans on the House transportation committee warn that a federal role in transit safety oversight may not translate into fewer injuries on railways (Mica Press)
  • As the Obama administration takes on rail transit safety, the NTSB moves forward on passenger bus safety (AP)
  • Was Obama flip-flopping when he admitted that what’s "shovel-ready" isn’t always the best project, then later endorsed new transportation spending? (WashPost)
  • How can the White House make the most of its new job-creation push? In a word, buildings (Grist)
  • As climate deniers thunder on about hyped-up scandal, the EPA quietly totals public comments on its finding that carbon emissions threaten public health: 70% in favor, 30% opposed (WSJ Blog)
  • Florida Senate approves major new rail legislation (CBS4)

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House and Senate Split on Approach to Obama’s Transit Safety Plan

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After a year marked by discord between the House and Senate over the timing of the next federal transportation bill, another split emerged yesterday over the timetable for taking up the Obama administration’s plan for federal involvement in transit safety oversight. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) opposes the White House safety plan, but he also wants […]

Obama Takes a Stand, Threatens to Veto House Transpo Bill

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The White House issued a statement yesterday that spelled out President Obama’s opposition to the House transportation bill, also known as H.R. 7. The administration’s statement of policy, which coincided with the House Rules Committee hearing on H.R. 7, takes a stand in defense of transit, safety, and the environment: H.R. 7 does not reflect […]

Obama Aide Defends Transit Safety Plan as Different from Rail Rules

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) chief Peter Rogoff today mounted a defense of the White House’s transit safety plan, assuring some skeptical members of Congress that he does not want to "replicate" inter-city rail safety rules that have taken flak for impeding the development of viable U.S. train networks. As of last year, D.C.’s Metro had […]