Today’s Headlines

  • Senate’s jobs bill, still slated for release this week, is expected to include a one-year extension of existing transportation law to keep the highway trust fund afloat (WaPo)
  • Are transportation planners smarter than slime mold? One Japanese experiment looks for the answer (NYT Blogs)
  • In Wisconsin, the business community has hosannas for the governor’s transit plans (
  • LaHood continues tough stance on Toyota’s massive gas pedal recall, calling the company "a little safety deaf" (USAT)
  • Los Angeles mulls a proposal to require homes to capture rainwater runoff (UPI)


Six Lies the GOP Is Telling About the House Transportation Bill

The transportation-plus-drilling bill that John Boehner and company are trying to ram through the House is an attack on transit riders, pedestrians, cyclists, city dwellers, and every American who can’t afford to drive everywhere. Under this bill, all the dedicated federal funding streams for transit, biking, and walking would disappear, leading to widespread service cuts […]

Eno: Stop Obsessing Over the Gas Tax and Change How We Fund Transpo

Twenty years ago, Japan’s electoral reform redistributed power, giving urban constituencies a greater voice. One result: Japan eliminated its version of the Highway Trust Fund, which urban voters saw as satisfying the interests of the construction lobby, not their own. If city-dwellers had a greater voice in the United States, would the same thing happen? […]

DeLauro Questions Obama Budget’s Infrastructure Fund Proposal

Despite brought support for the concept of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) to help pay for major improvements to America’s built environment, including transportation, significant uncertainty still surrounds the questions of how the bank would work as well as what it would fund.  Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) (Photo: America2050 via Flickr) As Streetsblog Capitol Hill […]

Transpo Committee Dems Submit Deficit-Reduction Ideas to Super Committee

Tomorrow is the deadline for Congressional committees to advise the super committee on how they’d like to see the deficit reduction plan formulated. The Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee submitted theirs today [PDF], divided into three sections: “Creating Jobs,” “Eliminating Waste, Fraud and Abuse,” and “Promoting Efficiency and Reform of Government.” For […]

Obama Administration Sends Transportation Bill to Congress

The Obama administration today sent Congress its proposal for a multi-year transportation bill, which it’s calling the GROW AMERICA Act. The bill, based on the budget proposal President Obama released two months ago, relies on corporate tax reform to raise $87 billion to fill the hole in the Highway Trust Fund. The four-year bill would cost $302 billion. […]