Today’s Headlines

  • A new study reinforces the open secret of distracted driving — legislation requiring hands-free cell phones won’t do the job (WSJ)
  • More proof that the vice president was correct in calling high-speed rail grants apolitical: Pennsylvania’s Democratic-rich leadership is upset to see their state got shut out (Trib-Review)
  • In Tampa, meanwhile, joy over rail money is giving way to questions over how to connect the bullet train to new local transit options (St. Pete Times)
  • And in Connecticut, high-speed rail backers aren’t getting discouraged by their $40m award (Courant)
  • Oberstar’s home-state editorial board laments the federal government’s transport funding crisis (Star-Trib)
  • LaHood: Toyota’s fix for its gas-pedal defect disaster is satisfactory (Reuters)


Michigan’s Looking Good in the High-Speed Rail Chase

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a powerful advocate for high-speed rail funding. (Photo: Listings Foreclosures) During an appearance in Michigan today to promote the Obama administration’s economic recovery efforts, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a potentially prescient prediction about the regions vying for federal help to build inter-city high-speed rail. Per the Detroit News, […]

32 Rail Companies Commit to Expanding in U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan

As the Obama administration and Congress keep a close eye on jobless numbers and the shrinking American manufacturing base, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that 32 rail companies that have promised to expand U.S. operations if they are chosen to help states build high-speed train networks. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, toured the Spanish […]

Expectations for High-Speed Rail Coming Down to Earth

Three months after the Obama administration announced the first winners of what it hopes will be the first of many federal grants to build U.S. high-speed rail networks, advocates and planners are settling in for a long battle to surmount the obstacles and unknowns that stand in the way of long-term bullet train development. If […]