Today’s Headlines

  • White House to host Conference on the Great Outdoors next month — will transportation be on the agenda? (LAT)
  • Could White House urban affairs chief Carrion to become New York state’s No. 2? (Crain’s)
  • Voters in Pennsylvania, where a big-ticket Senate race is splitting time with debate over tolling I-80, favor the new tolls by a 49 to 44 margin … (Std. Speaker)
  • … while in another closely watched Senate campaign, California voters are seeing new ads attacking Republican Tom Campbell for supporting a gas tax increase (F. Bee)
  • California commuter rail takes major step towards electrification (Merc News)
  • Orlando’s local transit could see a lift as statewide high-speed rail takes shape (Tampa Trib)
  • Meet the wealthy crop of electric car-curious who are testing the waters for the auto industry’s hoped-for boom (NYT)
  • Two senators object to airlines’ frequent requests for an exemption from new federal tarmac-delay rules (Boxer Press)
  • Obama’s second nominee to lead transportation security work withdraws under a cloud (WaPo)

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The White House officially unveiled its $3.8 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2011 this morning, seeking $1 billion to continue its high-speed rail investment and $530 million for the transportation leg of the Obama administration’s inter-agency push to promote sustainable planning on the local level. White House budget chief Peter Orszag challenged employees to […]

White House: Transit Inflation Outstripping Private Transportation

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The White House’s annual economic report, in addition to its endorsement of inter-city rail and transit spending, also sheds more light on transit inflation, which is often reported anecdotally in the many cities struggling with fare hikes but rarely put in statistical terms by economists. (Photo: UPI) In the appendices of its report, the president’s […]

White House Pitches $400M for Healthier Neighborhood Food Outlets

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The connection between walkable development and grocery shopping may not seem immediately apparent — until you consider studies conducted in cities from Austin to Seattle that showed the share of trips taken by foot or by transit rises as local food outlets move closer to residential areas. The White House budget envisions a new investment […]

Oberstar to White House: On Emissions, Back Up Your Words With Action

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Appearing this morning at the release of a new report on transportation’s role in fighting climate change, House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) challenged the Obama administration to back up their emissions rhetoric with action and pass his six-year, $450 billion infrastructure bill. FTA’s Peter Rogoff (in hard hat) heard strong words from Rep. […]

White House Economic Report Touts TIGER, High-Speed Rail, Transit

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The White House Council of Economic Advisers’ first annual report under President Obama made headlines today for its gloomy job-creation outlook, but tucked inside its 462 pages is a tangible reflection of a changed outlook on transportation policy under the new administration. Top White House economic adviser Christina Romer, at right, holds up yesterday’s report. […]