Today’s Headlines

  • Previewing tonight’s "Blueprint America" episode on the path Detroit must take to build a future apart from the auto industry; check it out on PBS at 10pm (NYT)
  • Dallas looking ahead to the transportation challenges it will face while hosting Super Bowl 2011 (Morn News)
  • A new study from the Economic Policy Institute finds that Transportation for America’s proposed transport stimulus would create 480,000 direct jobs (EDF Press)
  • Denver’s FasTrax transit master plan gets a $300m boost from Washington (D. Post)
  • In Seattle, one councilman envisions new elevated light rail running alongside I-405 (S. Times)
  • LaHood concerned that rising use of in-car technology could be exacerbating driver distraction (Autoblog)
  • As Congress gears up its investigation of the company’s recall debacle, Toyota’s troubles are just beginning (AP)

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