Today’s Headlines

  • Ahead of tomorrow’s Toyota hearing in the House, lawmakers take aim at the company’s — and the government’s — safety record (Free Press)
  • LaHood says the Ohio River Bridges Project, which features tolling as a possible revenue raiser, could be in line for second round of TIGER aid or other federal funding (WAVE-TV, Courier-Journal)
  • Do the first round of federally supported high-speed rail corridors have a shot at stealing riders from airlines? (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Pennsylvania has no plan to close the $450B transportation budget gap that would result from a federal rejection of its bid to toll I-80 (Inquirer)
  • More on why the freight industry has a lot to love in the Obama administration’s high-speed rail push (DC Velocity)
  • Louisianans still pushing for high-speed rail link between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, over the objections of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) (
  • Virginia legislators endorse a plan to direct offshore oil-drilling revenue to transportation (Times-Dispatch)
  • Wisconsin legislators promoting the creation of new regional transit authorities to spur investment (Cap Times)
  • NYC entrepreneur finds success with bike-donation program that benefits developing nations (NYU Livewire)


Expectations for High-Speed Rail Coming Down to Earth

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 […]

Coming Soon to Popular Transport Stimulus Programs: Local Funding

Two of the most popular transportation programs in the Obama administration’s stimulus law, the $1.5 billion in competitive grants known as TIGER and the $8 billion high-speed rail initiative, had an added feature that made them even more attractive to cities and states: the federal funding awards would not require a local match. Amtrak’s Empire […]