Today’s Headlines

  • A preview of the proposed emission-trimming fuel tax being crafted by Sens. Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman, reported "to have taken Big Oil’s ideas and run with them" (Climatewire)
  • Stark, who has backed multiple transit and bike-ped projects, replaces Rangel at the helm of the Ways and Means Committee, which must approve a way to pay for the next long-term federal transportation bill (Politico)
  • Toyota update: the beleaguered car company hires a former U.S. Transportation Secretary to head up its internal safety efforts (Det. News), while regulators question whether fixed models are truly running smoothly (Bloomberg)
  • Federal high-speed rail effort is turning into a mini-stimulus for designers and engineers (Bldg Design & Const.)
  • Viewing the stimulus law as a policy lab for the future (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Former New Jersey Transit chief to get the challenging job of leading D.C.’s Metro system out of its recent low period (AP)
  • Hawaii governor wants an outside financial consultant to evaluate Honolulu’s proposed $5.5 billion rail project (Star-Bulletin)


White House Backs $50B For ‘Merit-Based Infrastructure Investment’

President Obama today threw his weight behind significant new transportation spending as part of a broad jobs bill taking shape in Congress, with $50 billion slated for transit, roads, bridges, and ports and the administration endorsing "merit-based infrastructure investment that leverages federal dollars." President Obama gave a high-profile jobs speech today. (Photo: NYT) During his […]

Less Than One Percent of Transpo Stimulus Money Paid Out So Far

The New York Times reports this morning that the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package has hit a few snags: Some states and cities are beginning to complain that the money has yet to reach them. Others have been slow to get their paperwork to Washington; Virginia has yet to send the Transportation Department […]

Freight Rail, Streetcars Are Tops in Stimulus’ TIGER Chase

The Obama administration today announced the winners of $1.5 billion stimulus in highly competitive stimulus grants under the program known as Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER. Southeastern and midwestern freight rail projects were the day’s biggest winners, with urban streetcar projects also making a big splash. Freight rail in Chicago, where the CREATE […]

Today’s Headlines

Controversy grows over the Obama administration’s ill-starred attempt to count jobs created or saved by the economic stimulus law, including transport projects (Bloomberg, NYT Blog) Nominee for Amtrak’s board of directors says the train network needs better financial management ( Green transportation analyst: Let’s redirect unused infrastructure stimulus money to transit (Det. News) Untapped demand […]

Biden on Stimulus Aid to Cities: ‘We’re Trying … It’s Imperfect’

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged today that the White House’s economic recovery push has created stumbling blocks for cities hoping to take advantage of the stimulus, but he defended the administration’s efforts to take a more holistic view of transportation, housing, and other urban concerns. Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: After a speech touting […]