Today’s Headlines

  • How Florida’s congressional delegation helped make its high-speed rail award happen (HuffPost)
  • Senate jobs bill — with a highway trust fund extension but no TIGER money — expected to be delayed for 10 more days (WSJ)
  • Chinese high-speed rail proving popular enough to scare airlines into fare cuts (Bloomberg)
  • Steven Pearlstein on what blizzards can teach us about local governance (WashPost)
  • Indiana transit planners propose a massive new public-private partnership including rail, buses, and new toll roads (Indy Star)
  • Vancouver Olympics officials bring in 99 new transit buses after California-based models couldn’t handle step mountain-grade travel (Van. Sun)

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