Today’s Headlines

  • … as Brookings’ Rob Puentes calls for a change in federal law in response (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Congress’ approval of $150m in December for the D.C. Metro transit system means the money can be spent now, right? Er, not so much (GGW)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, representing the nation’s new No. 1 bike town, shows her cycling mettle (Elle)
  • North Carolina starts re-examining its formula for disbursing transport funding, which puts denser urban areas on the same footing as rural ones (FOX Char.)
  • San Fran transit authority facing funding issues of its own (Streetsblog SF)
  • Leading advocate of Florida high-speed rail takes a new job with consulting firm helping to implement the stae’s new bullet train link, given a billion-dollar grant from the feds (Tampa Trib)
  • U.S. DOT outlines a new transparency plan for its regulations (DOT Blog)


Obama Quietly Gets Federal Agencies Involved in Transport Planning

When President Obama signed an executive order in October requiring federal agencies to craft strategies for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, he described the mandate as Washington "lead[ing] by example" on the pollution-reduction front. (Photo: AP) And that’s true — but the order also includes language telling federal agencies to get involved in integrating local […]

Federal Bike-Ped Funding Sets New High, With Much More Room to Grow

Graph: FHWA [PDF] Federal funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects reached a new high last year, according to a report released yesterday by the Federal Highway Administration. In terms of dollars, federal investment in walking and biking more than doubled compared to the previous high, set in 2007, thanks largely to an infusion of $400 […]

Federal Transportation Law Expired Over the Weekend: What’s Next?

A new month begins today without rules in place to govern federal transportation programs, thanks to an objection by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) to quick approval of a short-term extension of existing law. The Natchez Trace Parkway, where trail construction is set to stall today thanks to inaction on federal transport law. (Photo: The […]