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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House Bill Delayed, But Transit, Biking, and Walking Aren’t Safe Yet

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Congress is in recess, and the House’s atrocious transportation bill has been dismembered and delayed, but if you want to preserve funding for transit and active transportation, don’t let your guard down yet. There’s still plenty to watch out for as the House and Senate attempt to reauthorize federal transportation programs. As we’ve reported, there are […]