Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood roasted with Toyota jokes at off-the-record dinner, featuring tributes from the president and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (The Hill)
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) makes it clear that she’s on board with L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa’s increasinly popular "30/10" transit plan (LAist)
  • As Obama signs a $20 billion highway trust fund infusion into law, some in Washington say the White House should do more on jobs — such as creating a National Infrastructure Bank (HuffPost)
  • Chicago is moving full speed ahead on a future high-speed rail boom (CSM)
  • Watchdog group marks Transportation Freedom Day by calling attention to the rising costs of travel (Morn News)
  • Two French rail companies weighing a joint bid for Florida high-speed rail contracts (Bloomberg)
  • Gas prices on the rise again, and rural states could see the biggest sting (Reuters)
  • New demographic data out of D.C.: Older residents traveling more, younger ones traveling less, but transit and bike-ped’s share is up overall (City Fix)

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A must-read from Harold Meyerson: How the power of states’ rights, on infrastructure and other issues, threatens economic recovery (Prospect) More coverage of the transport news from yesterday’s White House jobs summit (Reuters, Bloomberg, Free Press) NYC health department releases new numbers that prove the connection between transportation reform and health reform (Streetsblog NY) High-speed […]

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Florida may not be on any official list of high-speed rail finalists, but its congressional delegation is still wooing the White House (TBO.com) Webster’s dictionary names "distracted driving" 2009’s word of the year, to LaHood’s delight (The Swamp, DOT Blog) Small transit systems, such as the bus network in Greeley, CO, hoping to avoid getting […]

House Votes to Strip High-Speed Rail Funding

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This morning, the House voted 232-182 for an Energy and Water Appropriations bill that redirects $1 billion of high-speed rail money to flood relief for the Midwest. Never mind that that flood relief won’t arrive for many months, since this is a 2012 appropriations bill. The important thing here is to kill high-speed rail. (Why? […]