Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood puts his health-reformer hat on for the administration .. (Tribune)
  • … days after making a surprise appearance at the National Bike Summit (Streetsblog SF)
  • Oberstar supports House ban on for-profit earmarks — but he doesn’t consider the transportation bill’s "special projects" to be earmarks (The Hill)
  • Could San Francisco become a model for transit financing through local fuel fees? (NYT)
  • Rep. Mica, the House infrastructure committee’s top Republican, makes the case against executive-branch earmarking (The Hill)
  • D.C.’s transit agency faces a make-or-break debate over how to close its budget gap (WaPo)
  • GM planning to follow the Volt with a range of purely electric, engine-less vehicles (AllCarsElectric)
  • Maryland outlines its request for federal street cleanup aid following last month’s Snowmageddon (Balt. Sun)
  • One Dallas-area skeptic of transit-oriented development outlines his frustrations (Morn News)
  • New York members of Congress meet with LaHood on bringing high-speed rail money upstate (WKTV)

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You Want High Speed? The Chinese Got High Speed… (Telegraph) …Can We Do That? (Video: Infrastructurist) Contested House Energy & Commerce Chairmanship Still Up for Grabs (The Hill) …Same With Leadership of the White House Climate Office (Politico) A Smart Growth Movement Founder Wants to Bring Equity Into the Conversation (Switchboard) National Journal Speculates on the […]

Congress Reluctant to Shine Light on Transportation Earmarks

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Senators to Lay Out Six-Year Transpo Funding Plan This Morning (The Hill) The Bill’s Potential New Name? “The DRIVE Act” (Land Line) Protected Bike Lanes: America’s Next Transit Frontier (WaPo) Transpo Money Could Be Freed Up By Removing Earmarks (The Hill) Feds to Examine DC Metro’s Fatal Smoke Incident (AP) Vision Zero: Seattle Rewards Law-Abiding […]

You Can Open Your Eyes Now: Budget Deal Spares Transpo the Worst

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It’s Monday morning, and the government is open for business. In a last-minute agreement just an hour before the current budget extension was to expire Friday night, Democrats and Republicans avoided the nuclear option of a government shutdown. They cut $38.5 billion from the 2010 budget; $78.5 billion from President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal. Some […]

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Boehner Warns House GOP: Don’t Make Me Take Up the Senate Transpo Bill (Hill) LaHood: Time Has Run Out to Pass a Long-term Transportation Bill (Governing) Do Real-Time Updates Boost Transit Use? (AtlanticCities) What Do Millennials Feel About Cars, Public Transit and Electric Vehicles? (Treehugger) Florida Considers Advertising on School Buses, Like 9 Other States […]