Today’s Headlines

  • "We’re not giving up on highways," LaHood told state DOT officials this week, while reiterating the Obama administration’s interest in rail expansion (see video above, from DOT Press)
  • Obama administration plans to release a broad wish list for the next federal transportation bill within 90 days (Bond Buyer)
  • Feds are developing an alternative measurement of poverty that incorporates transport costs — and reveals that the many more are living below the poverty line than previously known (AP, NYT, CSM)
  • Renewables industry protests after senators propose adding "Buy American" rules to energy stimulus spending (The Hill Blog)
  • Ohio transportation chief makes the economic case for rail (AP)
  • San Francisco transit advocate found dead (Chronicle)
  • Atlanta set to cut one-quarter of its transit service (AJC)

(ed. note: Streetsblog Capitol Hill will be dark for the rest of today and Monday. See you back here on Tuesday!)

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