Today’s Headlines

  • Look who came to the table for a meeting on "tripartisan" climate legislation: Voinovich (Roll Call)
  • Dallas open to running transit to next year’s Super Bowl, but first it will need the U.S. DOT to relax its Bush-era rule favoring transit privatization (Morn News)
  • Florida could start high-speed rail construction as soon as next year (AP)
  • New EPA report finds smart growth catching on in many metro areas (Greenwire)
  • Federal investigators expand their probe of a $600m Nevada highway bridge project amid safety complaints (AP)
  • LaHood touts the $1.3B in transportation stimulus contracts inked by disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses, slightly higher than the 2% estimate released last month (DOT Press)

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Transit Center and is republished with permission.  On March 13, 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration responded to the emergency by enabling transit agencies to spend federal funds to run buses and trains. It was a break with longstanding policy. Normally, federal grants are reserved […]

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The second hearing in three days on the Obama administration’s proposal for national transit safety rules made headlines mostly for its affect on the Washington D.C. area, where Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) blistering critique of the local Metro rail system prompted high-level management switches. "There’s a saying in our business," APTA President William Millar (above) […]

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The rise of private transit operators like Bridj, Leap, and Uberpool has raised questions about equity in places including the Bay Area, where such services are fast replicating. A related issue is the impact they will have on traditional public transit systems. Private transit vehicles have been described as “like a lounge on wheels,” with […]