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)


Senate Climate Bill to Feature Transport Carbon Cap — But No Trading

Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) are set to roll out their long-awaited, somewhat delayed climate change bill tomorrow without onetime co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The legislation no longer includes its originally conceived "linked fee" on motor fuels — which was quickly branded as a gas tax increase, alarming Graham and the White […]

Electrification in the Climate Bill: Thinking Bigger Than a Car

At today’s Senate energy committee hearing on climate change, there was much talk about electricity — how it could be generated under a cap-and-trade system and how prices could remain within consumers’ reach even as the nation begins to put a price on carbon. An electrified rail line. (Photo: Metrolinx) In fact, Sen. Mary Landrieu […]

Senate Poised to Move on Climate Bill

Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Senate environment committee, isn’t yet ready to start debating a long-term transportation bill — but she is reportedly prepared to move on climate change legislation that includes targets for diminishing auto dependence and encouraging transit use. Boxer’s panel will begin debate on its climate bill during the last week […]

Eleven Things to Look for in the Passenger Rail Reauthorization

Now that the surface transportation bill fight is over — at least for the moment — transportation reformers are eying the expiration date of another key piece of legislation later this year. The reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) could be a chance to make some needed changes to jump-start progress […]