Today’s Headlines

  • House majority leader says his chamber isn’t ready to sign off on the Senate jobs bill as is (Politico)
  • Meanwhile, manufacturers’ lobby is "disappointed with" the Senate plan, saying a 10-month rescue of the highway trust fund is only viable "if this leads to a permanent six-year bill" (NAM Press)
  • Stimulus analysts at Onvia, the architects of, predict that 2010 will bring a "huge wave" of new infrastructure contracts (Onvia Press)
  • Cities are shortening yellow traffic-light times to try to reap more money from violators — but at what cost to safety? (AlterNet)
  • It’s not just losers in the race for TIGER grants who have complaints: North Carolina’s governor told the feds her state got shafted by a $10 million award for bridge replacement (Observer)
  • Microsoft opposes the transit-rich alternative proposal floated by new Seattle Mayor McGinn to replace the area’s congested 520 bridge (TechFlash)
  • Taxpayer-subsidized parking marches on in the D.C. area … (Yglesias)


Senate Committee Moves to Eliminate TIGER Program in Next Transpo Bill

The Republican-controlled Senate is poised to eliminate the TIGER program, one of the few sources of federal funds that cities can access directly to improve streets and transit. While the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s outline for its portion of a six-year bill was a marginal improvement on the status quo, the Commerce Committee’s portion, known […]

Senate Restores MAP-21 Funding Through 2013

The Senate yesterday restored hundreds of millions of dollars in federal transportation spending singled out for elimination by the House of Representatives. The Senate’s continuing resolution — which would set spending levels through the end of FY 2013 — matches the transportation spending priorities laid out by MAP-21, the transportation bill hashed out in a bipartisan manner last […]

Transit Industry to Join State DOTs in Blasting Senate Climate Bill

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is set to join the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and two construction interests tomorrow in protesting the Senate climate bill’s proposed diversion of new fuel fees away from infrastructure — an argument that puts the transit industry’s leading D.C. lobbying group squarely in the […]

A Bill to Make American Streets Safer Surfaces in the Senate

Has the moment finally arrived for a national complete streets law? A bill creating incentives for transportation agencies to design safe streets for everyone — pedestrians and cyclists in addition to motorists — is back on the floor of Congress this week. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) are sponsoring the Safe Streets Act […]

Boxer and Inhofe Say Transportation Bill Almost Ready, Funding Still TBD

Two leading Washington lawmakers assured reporters Wednesday that a long-term transportation bill is coming, but provided little in the way of details. Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, respectively, held a press conference Wednesday featuring a line-up of construction and labor […]