Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood affirms the recent assertion by House Speaker Pelosi: Congress is unlikely to raise the gas tax to pay for transportation legislation (Pantagraph)
  • Local lawmakers are hunting for strategies to fund a proposed commuter rail link between the Poconos and NYC in the absence of a new long-term federal transport bill (P. Record)
  • San Francisco and other West Coast cities press on with electric-car adaptation plans (NYT)
  • D.C.’s congressional delegate calls for an oversight hearing after local Metro train derails (The Hill)
  • Early transit hiccups at the Vancouver Olympics appear to be smoothing out (AP)
  • Detroit’s auto suppliers are branching out into aircraft and solar as their city continues to rebuild (NYT)
  • Wisconsin state legislators to vote today on whether to accept $810m in federal high-speed rail aid (WUVM)
  • Toyota continues to deny that an electronic glitch could be causing its cars to fail, but no evidence has yet emerged to disprove such a worst-case scenario (LAT)


A Bipartisan Policy Breakthrough That Could Save Local Economies

Beth Osborne was deputy assistant secretary for policy, and then acting assistant secretary, at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2009 until March, when she joined Transportation for America. Members of Congress love to talk about local control. And with good reason: American voters tell pollsters over and over again that they trust the elected […]

Talking Headways: Mapping Out Local Transportation Advocacy and Reform

Mariia Zimmerman of MZ Strategies joins me to chat about her new report on local advocacy for transportation reform called Transportation Transformation. Mariia, former deputy director for the Office of Sustainable Communities at HUD as well as former chief of staff to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, spent a year probing the local transportation advocacy landscape to […]

Wider Highways Mean More Congested Local Streets

If there’s a highway expansion debate raging in your community right now, here’s a new item to add to the “con” column. Shane Phillips at Network blog Better Institutions raises the point that when wider highways induce more driving, that’s going to dump more traffic on local streets: The problem here is obvious: unless 100% […]

House GOP Threatens to Wipe Out Local Control Over Bike/Ped Funding

The House GOP couldn’t pass a transportation bill of their own, so now they want to undo one of the major bi-partisan achievements in the Senate transportation bill. As part of its counter-offer to the Senate in conference committee negotiations over the transportation bill, the House appears to be proposing the elimination of the Cardin-Cochran […]