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    • Very bad news for train riders in the northeast: The Obama administration's first rounds of high-speed rail money are unlikely to help improve Acela service, due to lengthy environmental reviews required by U.S. DOT (Globe)
    • Two disparate takes on the House jobs bill: Does it represent "room forreal debate" on a new federal transportation bill or "Groundhog Day" for entrenched bureaucracy? (GreenWire, HuffPost)
    • Pennsylvania state legislators head to the Hill to lobby against state leaders' push to toll I-80 (Pocono News)
    • Embattled head of Washington D.C.'s transit agency vows to win back public confidence and work with Obama administration on its new safety bill (WaPo)
    • Virginia becomes the latest state to slash transportation spending in a rough economy (AP)
    • Maryland edges closer to approving per-mile tolls for its massive new ICC highway, sparking one Democratic candidate to rage against a "drive-to-work tax" (Gazette, Arora for Delegate)
    • A less sexy but cheaper electric-car company is quietly making inroads (SFGate)
    • Not transportation-related, but telling just the same: LaHood goes to bat for longtime friend Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff (Bloomberg)

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