Today’s Headlines

  • U.S. DOT reports that traffic deaths fell to a 55-year low in 2009 as LaHood vows to make more progress (WaPo Blogs)
  • Speaking of that "tri-partisan" climate bill, Boxer admits that while she supports the concept, "Would I rather have my bill? Yes" (MoJo Blog)
  • L.A.’s ambitious 30/10 transit proposal likely to require significant help from Washington (WSJ)
  • Eight of the world’s most well-traveled high-speed trains, in pictures (HuffPost)
  • Baltimore could see cuts to its transit aid from the state of Maryland (Balt. Sun)
  • Greece’s transportation systems getting upended by large labor strikes (NYT)

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LaHood to House: “Get on the Bus” With a Bipartisan Transportation Bill

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This morning, at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual legislative conference, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said he was recently asked by the House Appropriations Committee if he prefers a two-year transportation bill or a five-year transportation bill. Neither, he said: “I prefer a bipartisan bill.” “Bipartisanship is the reason the Senate bill is a […]

A Federal Transportation Bill Is Coming… But When?

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Speaking to members of the National Retail Federation earlier today, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sidestepped what’s becoming one of the peskiest unanswered questions on the Hill: Will Congress delay the federal transportation bill until next year? In his address to the retailers’ group, LaHood stuck mostly to his department’s progress in allocating its $48 billion […]

Boxer, LaHood Coming to L.A. to Discuss Federal Transportation Bill

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As transportation reformers continue to wait for the Senate to join the House in offering a new federal transportation bill, Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will hold a town-hall meeting at the headquarters of L.A.’s Metro transit authority on Friday, February 19.  Boxer and LaHood get on the […]

LaHood: Gas Tax Increase in Congressional Hands

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As Congress maneuvers to end the political impasse over the next long-term national transportation bill, lawmakers are going to have to debate an increase in the federal gas tax, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Getty Images) In his remarks at a Fort Worth transportation meeting, first reported by the […]

LaHood to Convene Texting-While-Driving Summit

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Ray LaHood will announce today that his Department of Transportation plans to convene a summit next month for safety officials, lawmakers, academics, and law enforcement representatives to examine the risks of texting while driving. (Photo: GT Channel) The summit comes on the heels of a new congressional proposal to prod states into bans on texting […]

LaHood Wants More TIGER Aid in the Congressional Jobs Bill

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a splash yesterday by announcing that the U.S. DOT would look at the environmental and community-building benefits of transit projects, not just their adherence to a government cost-effectiveness standard. Washington D.C.’s proposed K Street transitway, pictured above, is one of many projects vying for TIGER money. (Photo: The City Fix) […]