Today’s Headlines

  • The Federal Transit Administration has catalogued the safety lapses and management troubles at D.C.’s Metrorail transit system in a new audit (WaPo)
  • Many local hiccups remain unresolved in California’s march towards high-speed rail connectivity (AP)
  • The battle to win more access to stimulus business for minority-owned transportation contractors gets an in-depth look (AP)
  • Jack Schramm, known as Detroit’s local "transit historian," dies at age 85 (Det. News)
  • Obama taps a new nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration (WaPo)
  • Work on Wisconsin’s high-speed rail line could start within weeks (J-S Online)
  • California claimed a significant share of a new round of transit stimulus grants … (Boxer Press)
  • … while oil companies attempt to roll back the state’s landmark climate change law (Streetsblog LA)

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Did the Obama administration cut a deal to silence congressional critics of its controversial nominee to regulate truck safety? One trucking industry exec says yes (DC Velocity) Atlanta transport planners are eyeing the headquarters of the local newspaper for a new transit terminal, but the Journal-Constitution isn’t selling … yet (AJC) German Chancellor Merkel tells […]

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Cities around the nation eye Congress’ move to let stimulus money be used for transit operating costs (Seattle P-I, K.C. Star, Poughkeepsie Journal) Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks George Will and his fuel-chugging ’98 Buick … (NYT) … while talking up a national infrastructure bank and reform for local MPOs (U.S. News) APTA spots the […]

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LaHood says Obama administration should replicate the first stimulus law’s ethics limits for its next economic recovery legislation (AP) House passes massive spending bill that includes big transportation policy budget moves (AP) Members of Congress pushing to make more transit networks wired for cell service (The Hill) Washington D.C.’s transit authority heading for management shakeup […]