Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood publicly, if informally, urges states to "treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes" (DOT Blog)
  • Noise pollution alert: Opponents of health reform bill launch a "Honk No" protest (Newsweek)
  • Do higher gas prices, whether through external factors or tax hikes, actually depress Americans’ urge to drive? (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Gauging high-speed rail’s effect on Florida politics (The Takeaway)
  • The sector-by-sector climate change bill that looks likely to emerge from the Senate — with a new fuel tax — is leaving economists cold … (SolveClimate)
  • … but Big Oil continues to signal it’s okay with the idea (CQ)
  • China’s rapid economic growth is bringing major traffic problems with it, despite a new BRT system (NYT)
  • Road safety groups and speed-camera companies join together for new grassroots lobbying coalition (PARS Press)
  • Solar power is now available for urban renters (NYT)

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LaHood Urges Obama to Embrace Gas Tax Increase (HuffPo) Can the Water Bill Serve as Model for Highway Bill Compromise? (Bloomberg) Brookings: Has Suburbanization Doomed the War on Poverty? French Firm to Take Over Running Massachusetts Commuter Rail (Boston Globe) … And How the Transit Chief “Cracked Some Eggs” to Get There (Globe) Could Obamacare […]

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Unions Urge Obama to Hire Defender of Transportation Funding (The Hill) LaHood’s Private Sector Prospects (WaPo) Transit Bill Makes Headway in Indiana (Fox59) How Does Urbanism Fit Into the American Dream? (GGW) Plan to Axe the Gas Tax Moves Forward in Virginia (Examiner) Meanwhile, Talk of Gas Tax Hikes for Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wyoming Study: The Happiest Commuters […]

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Miles Driven on US Roads Fall to Lowest Levels Since 2003 (USA Today) Treasury Secretary Urges Congress to Pass Infrastructure Legislation (BusinessWeek) Rep. Hoyer Pushes Back on GOP Highway Bill Claims (Hill) Events Across the Country Bring Sense of Urgency to Bridge Repair (T4A) MD Commission Urges Increasing Gas Tax, Other Fees to Fund Transpo […]

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Sen. Kerry (D-MA) on yesterday’s climate bill rollout, in his own words (Grist) Bad sign for that climate bill? Obama statement calls it by the wrong name, citing House version instead (WH Press) Obama urges Senate to defeat auto dealers’ favorite provision in the pending financial reform bill (The Hill) How China is winning the […]

Barbara Boxer’s Transportation Bill: Same As It Ever Was

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The future of national transportation policy is pretty much like the present of national transportation policy, if the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has its way: underfunded and highway-centric. The bill released by Senator Barbara Boxer’s EPW Committee yesterday [PDF] rejects pretty much everything the Obama administration put forth in its bill, including permanent […]