Today’s Headlines

  • A profile of Detroit’s nascent urban farming effort (Free Press)
  • Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) to hold state "transportation summit" this month (AP)
  • Houston mayor says Obama administration is pushing her to get the local transit authority’s act together to ensure continued funding for local light rail (TX Watchdog)
  • How immigration reform could revive dying cities (New Geography)
  • Illinois lawmakers set up state high-speed rail commission (AP)
  • … while some Palo Alto residents raise NIMBY concerns about bullet trains (Merc News)
  • O’Toole’s latest: Forget high-speed rail, it’s all about … driver-less cars (WSJ)


Coming Soon to Popular Transport Stimulus Programs: Local Funding

Two of the most popular transportation programs in the Obama administration’s stimulus law, the $1.5 billion in competitive grants known as TIGER and the $8 billion high-speed rail initiative, had an added feature that made them even more attractive to cities and states: the federal funding awards would not require a local match. Amtrak’s Empire […]

Wins For Washington (State): Transport Bill Resolves Two Local Debates

Tucked into the transportation spending bill that Congress approved over the weekend are two wins for Washington state’s senior senator, Patty Murray (D), who chairs the upper chamber’s transport budget-writing panel. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (Photo: Seattle Times) Murray’s first victory deals with Bush-era rules for charter buses that barred local transit agencies from providing […]

House GOP Threatens to Wipe Out Local Control Over Bike/Ped Funding

The House GOP couldn’t pass a transportation bill of their own, so now they want to undo one of the major bi-partisan achievements in the Senate transportation bill. As part of its counter-offer to the Senate in conference committee negotiations over the transportation bill, the House appears to be proposing the elimination of the Cardin-Cochran […]