Today’s Headlines

  • Japanese bullet-train magnate says he could build a Florida factory to help ensure a piece of the state’s ample high-speed rail pie (WSJ)
  • Democrats try to avoid overselling their infrastructure-poor jobs bill (The Hill)
  • 8 out of 10 metro regions ranked happiest by new Gallup well-being index have transit networks (Atlantic Blogs)
  • ConocoPhillips quits coalition in favor of congressional climate bills, claiming the proposals "have disadvantaged the transportation sector" (The Hill)
  • Nashville’s new mayor pursues ambitious new transit plan (Tennessean, WPLN)
  • Federal safety regulators launch formal inquiry into Toyota recalls (LAT)

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