Today’s Headlines

  • U.S. DOT launches new website to promote campaign against texting while driving (Det. News)
  • New Deal skeptic Amity Shlaes thinks infrastructure stimulus might be worth it … and points out the downside of the interstate highway system (Bloomberg)
  • Transit advertising can play a crucial role in D.C. advocacy groups’ PR strategy (NYT)
  • Washington D.C. begins work on a new bridge spanning the Anacostia River, with pedestrian as well as bicycle and trolley paths (WJLA)
  • Hutchison’s transportation plan for Texas includes high-speed rail and restrictions on toll roads, with few details on how to pay for it (AP)
  • Several Minnesota cities are in contention for stops on the midwest’s proposed high-speed rail line (Post-Bulletin)

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