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 (BizTimes.com)
  • 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)

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DeLauro Questions Obama Budget’s Infrastructure Fund Proposal

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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 […]

Bike and Ped Infrastructure Depends on Federal Funds, Too

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With all the kerfuffle in Washington right now over the federal transportation law and the crisis in the Highway Trust Fund, it seems like an appropriate time to be reminded of the role that federal dollars play in funding bicycle infrastructure. Today, Streetsblog Network member DC Bicycle Transportation Examiner has a post doing exactly that: […]

LaHood Talks Budget: “Very Bright” Future for Infrastructure Fund

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he sees "very bright" prospects for congressional approval of the Obama administration’s $4 billion National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund, the new iteration of the long-discussed National Infrastructure Bank proposal. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, with the president. (Photo: NYT) "There is a great deal of interest in […]

As Geithner Touts Infrastructure, Skepticism Persists on $4B ‘I-Fund’ Plan

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Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, considered a skeptic of transportation stimulus spending by some lawmakers, yesterday joined two other White House economic advisers in endorsing new infrastructure investment as a means to jump-start the economy. Geithner (l.) said that there is "a very good economic case" for infrastructure spending. (Photo: WaPo) But the president’s proposed $4 […]