Today’s Headlines

  • New poll finds 83 percent of respondents supporting more federal funding for high-speed rail and transit (HNTB Press via @beyondDC)
  • Investor Carl Icahn is forming a consortium to go after a share of the high-speed rail pie (AP)
  • Federal transportation safety regulators call for national crash-resistance standards for transit cars (Bloomberg)
  • How blue is your city? One artist color-codes local commuting patterns (Infrastructurist)
  • Siemens expands its plans to build new high-speed rail production facilities in California — if it wins a bid to help the state construct bullet trains (AP)
  • Transit plans getting a newly warm welcome in Indiana (Indy Star)
  • Speaking of Indiana, it’s the next stop on LaHood’s TIGER stimulus tour (Inside IN Business)
  • And on the lighter side, LaHood helps MTV stars court a basketball date with Obama (PJ Star)

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Three months after the Obama administration announced the first winners of what it hopes will be the first of many federal grants to build U.S. high-speed rail networks, advocates and planners are settling in for a long battle to surmount the obstacles and unknowns that stand in the way of long-term bullet train development. If […]

Final Stimulus Bill Slaps Transit Riders in the Face

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The final tally is in, and we now have a breakdown for transportation funding in the stimulus bill that President Obama will sign, barring some unforeseen turn of the screw. Via Transportation for America: $29 billion for highways and bridges $8.4 billion for transit $8 billion for high-speed rail $1.3 billion for Amtrak To compare […]

Today’s Headlines

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Obama administration faces security vulnerabilities in ground transportation in the wake of Moscow transit bombings (ABC) New poll shows D.C. metro area residents, by a 62 to 30 margin, prefer expanding transit over roads to tackle congestion … (WashPost) … while distracted driving is seen as a growing problem (WashPost) California high-speed rail racked by tensions over whether […]