Today’s Headlines

  • What could the Massachusetts Senate race portend for the Democrats’ economic agenda, including their infrastructure-rich jobs bill? (Atlantic Blogs)
  • New research shows that Texas students are more likely to miss school for health reasons when air pollution climbs — even within legal limits … (Star-Telegram)
  • … meanwhile, the state is resigned to missing out on the bulk of the White House’s high-speed rail funds (Morn News)
  • Two Washington state lawmakers deliver a thorough takedown of the AP’s attempt at transportation stimulus analysis (News-Trib)
  • In Maryland, enthusiasm for the Obama administration’s new transit rule change is tempered by the knowledge that new funding remains stalled (Balt. Sun)
  • One local urban planner calls for Charlotte to recommit to its commuter rail network (Observer)

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Today’s Headlines

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U.S. DOT’s new "TIGER II" grant program is encouraging Texas state DOT officials to hope the second time is a charm when it comes to funding a fix for an aging rail intersection … (Star-Telegram) … and Washington D.C. city officials to hope for new bike-share funding … (DC Biz Jrnl) … and northwestern Tennessee […]

The Split Between Pragmatic Conservatism and Anti-Transit Extremism

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In the final installment of a three-part series on Wisconsin’s sputtering tech sector, Bruce Thompson at Urban Milwaukee notes that his home state ranks near the bottom of Democratic-leaning states on the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s “New Economy Index.” If a strong start-up economy is linked to Democratic voting patterns, as ITI’s data shows, […]

Ohio, Wisc. Rail Money to be Transferred to 13 Other States

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Ohio’s and Wisconsin’s loss will be 13 other states’ gain. U.S. Department of Transportation announced this afternoon that nearly $1.2 billion in passenger rail money will be withdrawn from the states of Ohio and Wisconsin at the behest of their incoming governors. The money will be transferred to other states to support “high speed rail […]