Today’s Headlines

  • AASHTO unveils website touting more than 280,000 "highway and transit jobs" created or sustained by the stimulus law’s focus on transportation — Democrats hail the news (EPW Press)
  • In New Jersey, a push mounts to add a biking and walking path to the state’s federally funded Amtrak bridge reconstruction project (JC Independent)
  • Toyota, facing a flurry of negative attention from the government, turns to its lobbying army (Politico)
  • Washington state moves forward with extra vehicle licensing fees to fund transit (P-I Blog)
  • What a Snowpocalypse can do to urban pedestrian culture … (TheCityFix)
  • … and to states’ already strapped transportation budgets (WSJ, MD Reporter)

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