Today’s Headlines

  • Frustrating fact of the day: The stimulus bill’s edict that "disadvantaged" areas get priority is so poorly crafted that it includes all of Arizona and California (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Safe Routes to School Partnership releases a new report profiling local successes in child pedestrian safety: Check it out in full (SRtS Press)
  • Mayors of some of the world’s biggest cities, including New York, urge "an ambitious and empowering" climate change agreement in Copenhagen (Bloomberg)
  • House-Senate transport spending deal includes a $200 million earmark for the Hudson River rail tunnel (Courier-Post)
  • A look at the challenges in ensuring transit access for seniors (JCOnline)
  • When will the era of the plug-in hybrid begin? Not for decades at the least, a new report says (NYT Blogs)
  • Republican gubernatorial hopefuls in Illinois are mostly pro-high speed rail … (AP)
  • … while in California, the estimated cost of a future bullet-train ride from San Francisco to L.A. just went up (Merc News)


Atlanta Beltline, Still in Its Infancy, Already Boosting Business

It’s working. The Atlanta Beltline, still in its most formative stages, is already boosting business and promoting development, according to this report from a local news station. The Beltline — which will eventually consist of a rail and trail loop encircling Atlanta — recently marked the completion of a new park/trail segment on the city’s northeast side. […]

McCain’s Transit Hit List: Get the Details

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a self-styled foe of what he labels wasteful government spending, has launched a broadside against transit projects in the U.S. DOT’s 2010 spending bill, which is slated for a vote this week in the upper chamber of Congress. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (Photo: Scrape TV) McCain had proposed more than 20 […]

Passenger Rail Isn’t Just for “Rail Buffs”

I just returned from an overnight train trip on Amtrak a couple of days ago, riding the Crescent from Meridian, Mississippi, into Penn Station, after completing the southbound trip a week earlier. It’s a route I’ve traveled before, one of dozens of long-distance hauls I’ve made on Amtrak over the last 20 or so years. […]