Today’s Headlines

  • Boxer: Senate considering breaking up its jobs bill into several pieces, with an infrastructure provision that would bail out the highway trust fund for this year (Dow Jones)
  • Conservative Rep. Don Young (R-AK), architect of the 2005 federal transportation bill, admits that Alaska’s plans for a gas tax suspension would endanger its financial support from Congress (AP)
  • Wisconsin governor touts plan for regional transit authority in Milwaukee, with possible taxes to help fund it (J-Sentinel)
  • Michigan lawmakers propose gas tax hike to avoid losing federal transport aid (MLive.com)
  • California Northern railroad shifts to green locomotives (Sac. Bee)
  • Two rural Virginia transit projects get $3.2m in federal aid (AP)

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It’s Official: Bill Shuster Named Transportation Committee Chair

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Republicans met today to choose committee chairs, and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been placed at the head of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The former chair, John Mica, dropped his request yesterday to stay on as chair despite term limits. You can read all about Shuster’s record on rail and bike/ped issues in these recent posts. Majority Leader […]

Accolades Pour In for Senate Transpo Bill From All Quarters

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Praise for the Senate transportation bill and its bipartisan passage is pouring in to the inboxes of Congressional transportation reporters this afternoon. Here’s the statement from the traditionally pro-highway U.S. Chamber of Commerce… Passage of MAP-21 is a long-awaited victory for the business community and the American people… The Chamber commends the chairs and ranking […]