Today’s Headlines

  • 22 senators, several from industrial states, call for a vote this year on climate legislation (Wash. Indy)
  • LaHood issues a call for proposals on how to fund the nation’s long-term transport needs (DOT Blog)
  • D.C. heeding Blumenauer’s call for downtown bike lanes in the capital — now local advocates weigh in (GGW)
  • Final rule on distracted driving by truckers and bus drivers is sent to the White House (The Trucker)
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff and HNTB, which also conducts polls on transport financing, ink big high-speed rail deals with states (Prog. RR’ing)
  • Wyoming lawmakers nix prospect of tolling their interstate, a move that portends higher gas taxes (AP)
  • Salt Lake City mayor beats a path to D.C., hoping for a local streetcar revival (SL Tribune)
  • Suburban counties continue to resist proposal for regional transit authority in Milwaukee area (J-S Online)

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Environmental Group Offers Congress a Map to Cleaner Freight

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The federal government can reap significant pollution-reduction benefits by focusing on a national freight plan that replaces older diesel equipment with newer, cleaner-burning train cars while building out regional networks more efficiently, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said yesterday in a new report [PDF]. Freight rail in Chicago, home of the stimulus-funded CREATE freight project. […]

Today’s Headlines

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Remember that $932 million in earmarked transport funding that Oberstar demanded be reapportioned to avoid giving four states most of the benefit? His efforts have run into a big Senate obstacle: the Democratic whip (Crain’s) St. Louis-area columnist ask how LaHood can call for bikes to be on equal footing with other modes of transport […]

Today’s Headlines

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U.S. DOT’s new "TIGER II" grant program is encouraging Texas state DOT officials to hope the second time is a charm when it comes to funding a fix for an aging rail intersection … (Star-Telegram) … and Washington D.C. city officials to hope for new bike-share funding … (DC Biz Jrnl) … and northwestern Tennessee […]

Today’s Headlines

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Is the recession really easing? Not for many transport and construction companies (Reuters) LaHood cruises on mag-lev train during visit to Japan (AP, Bloomberg) A look at the local ramifications of the auto-bike culture clash (CNN) Debate erupts in D.C. after transit union calls for 40mph maximum speeds on local rail, citing safety concerns (WashPost […]

Today’s Headlines

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After a lackluster year, Carrion leaves White House "urban czar" post for lesser duties at HUD (NYDN) FTA chief Rogoff skeptical on Dallas’ chances of snagging viable transit public-private partnership (Morn News Blog) LaHood uses Massachusetts appearance to take the state to task for not acting on distracted driving (Globe) Ryan Avent: Seattle light rail […]

Today’s Headlines

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(Chart: PERI via Grist) A reminder that transit, and trees, are better job creators than fossil fuels (Grist) "Before calls for a gas tax increase become deafening, DOT needs some real reform of the way it does business, prioritizing projects of real significance and managing for successful outcomes" (TNR’s The Avenue) A look at Portland’s […]