Today’s Headlines

  • Two days after rolling out its transit safety bill in the House, the Obama administration turns its attention across the Capitol (Banking Cmte Press)
  • Will the House take up a jobs bill, including upwards of $50 billion in transportation spending, before 2010? Some say yes (The Hill), others say likely not (Politico)
  • Transit operating aid is a big piece of the jobs puzzle (EDF Blog)
  • China’s BYD, part-owned by Warren Buffett, is making L.A. the centerpiece of its coming electric-car push (WSJ)
  • Eye candy alert: Photos of the world’s most cutting-edge transit stations (DesignBoom via Urbanophile)
  • Michigan moves forward on bill to hike the diesel fuel tax to repair aging bridges (AP)
  • Illinois resolves capital-area spat that was imperiling high-speed rail push (Pantagraph)

(ed. note. Streetsblog Capitol Hill will be on a lighter-than-usual publishing schedule for this morning as well as tomorrow. Any infrastructure news we might be missing? Give a shout at elana [at] streetsblog [dot] org.)

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