Today’s Headlines

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  • Joint Economic Committee releases monthly economic report, mapping which states are feeling the sting of unemployment most sharply (JEC Press)
  • Suicide bomb blast on Moscow transit prompts heightened security in U.S. systems (AP)
  • Does transportation really transcend Washington partisanship? (Philly.com)
  • Translating Oberstar’s French interlude with a witness at Friday’s House transport committee hearing (WaPo Blogs)
  • Philadelphia’s local transit authority has a lobbying bill that tops $800,000, but remains uncertain of victory in the battle over tolling Interstate 80 (Metro)
  • Sen. Sanders (I-VT) takes issue with upper chamber’s forthcoming climate legislation, warning of a possible "bonanza" for Big Coal (The Hill)
  • D.C. transit authority postpones purchase of new rail cars to older models at issue in fatal crash last year (GGW)

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Battle Heats Up Over Pennsylvania Tolling, With National Implications

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For more than two years, Pennsylvania transportation planners have sought federal permission to make I-80 one of only three interstates in America approved for tolling. Pennsylvania’s I-80 would be only the third existing interstate in the U.S. to have tolls. (Photo: PennLive.com) If the Federal Highway Administration okays tolls on I-80 — and local reports […]

Pennsylvania’s Bid to Toll I-80 Rejected by Feds

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Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) has scheduled a press conference this afternoon to discuss his pitch for new tolls on Interstate 80, but local media reports are already suggesting that his news is not good: the federal government has rejected the state’s bid to toll the highway, leaving its transportation budget short at least $450 […]

What Wasn’t in This Week’s Highway Trust Fund Patch

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Transportation’s make-or-break week in Washington has ended with a funding face-off postponed until fall, thanks to Senate passage of a short-term, $7 billion rescue for the nation’s highway trust fund. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (Photo: PatersonOnline) The trust fund patch, designed to keep U.S. DOT dollars flowing to local road projects until September 30, keeps […]

Today Is Decision Time For Local Transit Contests

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If you live in Durham County, North Carolina, Montcalm County, Michigan, Cincinnati, Ohio, or anywhere in Washington state, today is Election Day – and you’ve got decisions to make about transit. There are six ballot initiatives up for a popular vote today that will determine the future of transit service in these areas. They follow […]