Today’s Headlines

  • EPA rolls out stronger new limits on smog, formed by a mixture of pollution from stationary and mobile sources (NYT)
  • A look at the green job-creation potential of the next federal transport bill (Apollo Alliance via Grist)
  • Oberstar cheers as Minnesota joins Safe Routes to School partnership (Review Messenger)
  • How to redraw a new, more sustainable American city (NRDC Mag)
  • Chicago mayor’s response to lawsuit claiming discrimination in transit funding: The system is unfair, but it’s not about race (Sun-Times)
  • $271m in contracts awarded for major NY-NJ rail tunnel project (NJBIZ)
  • D.C. Metro board delays vote on proposed rail and bus cuts (WaPo Blog)

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