Today’s Headlines

  • Bills to limit distracted driving poised for momentum in 2010 (NYT)
  • A preview of what the year holds for transportation news (Daily Herald)
  • An editorial on the toll that transit cuts take in Baton Rouge (Advocate)
  • Minnesota’s Central Corridor transit extension at the top of state’s agenda this year (Star Trib)
  • Detroit is closer than ever to achieving its local dream of light rail (Citizen)
  • Pennsylvania awaiting a verdict on I-80 tolling and other big transport decisions (Trib-Review)


Actually, Highway Builders, Roads Don’t Pay For Themselves

You’ve heard it a thousand times from the highway lobby: Roads pay for themselves through “user fees” — a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls — whereas transit is a drain on the taxpayer. They use this argument to push for new roads, instead of transit, as fiscally prudent investments. The myth of the self-financed road meets […]

America’s Traffic Death Toll Is a National Disgrace

More than 40,000 Americans were killed in traffic last year, according to new estimates from the National Safety Council, the worst toll in a decade. The U.S. transportation system claims far more lives each year than peer countries. If America achieved the same fatality rate as the UK, more than 30,000 lives would be saved each year.

How Green Is Our Mayor

Bookending his much-vaunted Earth Day speech with congratulatory video clips from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mayor Mike Bloomberg called for New Yorkers to take the initiative in the international fight against global warming, positioning himself as a leader on the issue. "Climate change is a national challenge, and meeting […]