Today’s Headlines

  • The White House didn’t discriminate between GOP and Democratic governors in its high-speed rail spending … but it did hit the congressional politics on the nose (Greenwire)
  • An examination of the future of urban transportation, through the lens of Vanderbilt’s Traffic (A. Prospect)
  • Could light rail come to Arkansas? (AR Times)
  • EPA air-quality official says an intervention by the White House budget office ultimately improved new pollution control rules (Wonk Room)
  • Armed officers patrolling Seattle transit tunnel after teen girl’s brutal beating makes national news (KIRO-TV)
  • Is privatization of transportation assets inherently bad, or just frequently botched? (GGW)

(ed. note. Streetsblog Capitol Hill will not publish today, in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. See you back here tomorrow.)

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