Today’s Headlines

  • House transport committee aides start acknowledging the uncomfortable truth: Despite Senate Dems’ vow to Voinovich, a new long-term federal bill could be delayed until 2011 (Bond Buyer)
  • Gauging the prospects, both political and practical, for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd’s transit-oriented development legislation (Next American City)
  • Amtrak makes its official budget request to Congress: $446 million for upgrades (Bloomberg)
  • The first stirrings of a crisis in local government financing rear their head in the mid-Atlantic (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • A roundup of the big obstacles to a successful Florida high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando (NYT)
  • Bans on digital roadside billboards become more popular, thanks to distracted driving concerns (USAT)
  • Do Chicago’s shorter yellow traffic-light times help or hurt safety? (Tribune)
  • San Diego tollway’s operators file for bankruptcy (Merc News)

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