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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Call to Action: Win Back Stimulus Funding for Transit Service

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Today’s Headlines

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Former Arizona DOT chief Victor Mendez confirmed to head the Federal Highway Administration (JOC) Federal safety board tells D.C. its Metro system needs upgraded safety monitors, post-crash (WaPo) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets behind a gas-tax increase to fund transpo … (Roll Call) … but AASHTO, the state DOTs’ lobby group, can’t seem to […]

Nobelist Krugman Joins Call for Federal Transportation Spending

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Today’s Headlines

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Speaker Pelosi confirms that Oberstar’s transportation bill is under consideration for future economic recovery action … just don’t call it a "stimulus" (Roll Call) Boulder, Colorado, is planning a $100 million overhaul of its electric grid, which could serve as a test run for nationwide clean-power efforts (ClimateWire) High-speed rail is helping industrial train makers […]

Oberstar’s Call to “Rebuild America,” and Other Stimulus Notes

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Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’re featuring a post from The Transport Politic that analyzes Rep. James Oberstar’s recent speech on transportation in the stimulus bill to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Oberstar spoke on his own "Rebuild America" proposal: Rep. James Oberstar, D-MN Importantly, unlike Mr. Obama thus far, Mr. Oberstar is […]