Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar agrees to back Senate jobs bill after getting a written promise from Senate majority leader that $932 million in pre-earmarked transportation funding will be redistributed (Politico)
  • Cost inflation and fears of higher ticket prices are already dogging California high-speed rail (LAT)
  • Ohio River Bridges project, dubbed one of the nation’s "highways to nowhere," might face funding difficulties even if the Obama administration steps in to help (News & Trib)
  • Oberstar is the No. 1 recipient of out-of-state campaign donations from Texans (Chronicle)
  • A profile of the U.S. DOT’s point man on the Toyota investigation (Tribune)
  • In St. Louis area, a conservative GOP mayor is pushing for a sales tax to fund transit (Post-Dispatch)
  • Illinois backers of a proposed Railroad Hall of Fame make their case (AP)
  • Georgia lawmakers want to let individual counties decide whether to levy new transport taxes (News-Trib)


Oberstar to Request $3B Patch for Highway Trust Fund

House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) will ask his revenue-minded colleagues on the Ways and Means panel tomorrow to approve $3 billion to keep the nation’s highway trust fund afloat until September 30, according to a report in today’s CQ. House transportation chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Jonathan Maus) Oberstar’s proposed patch for the […]

Oberstar Stands Firm on Transportation Bill, Gets Industry Backup

In case any doubts remained about his willingness to challenge the White House and the Senate on prompt passage of a long-term infrastructure bill, House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) op-ed in the Politico this morning should clear them up: House transport committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Capitol Chatter) Unfortunately, the administration and […]

And the Streetsies Go To…

Happy 2011! May this year bring peace, harmony, and a six-year transportation reauthorization. The best part about 2011 is that it’s not 2010. Last year was a tough one at the federal level: constant extensions of both the transportation bill and the general budget, no progress on an adequate funding source for infrastructure investment, and […]