Things are looking up transit riders in Washington, where Democratic Governor Jay Inslee fended off attacks on transit funding. But in Ohio, Republican Governor John Kasich delivered a blow to transit service with a stroke of his veto pen.
Transit Ridership at Its Highest Point Since the Rise of the Suburbs (AP, NYT) Camp Looking to Obama for a “Common Road” on Tax Reform (The Hill) Senate Dems to Pull an All-Nighter for the Climate Tonight (The Hill) When “Local Control” Means State Government Controls the Locals… (Tennessean) …Sometimes the States (i.e. SC) Threaten […]
House Vote on Amtrak Bill Expected Today, After Bump Back (The Hill) D.C. Faces Continued Logjam of Local Transit Projects (WaPo) Phoenix Voters Will Decide on Tax Hike for Transpo (AZ Central) Highlights of the New “Move Seattle” 1o-Year Plan (Seattle Transit Blog) Boston-Area Transit May Need $6.7B in Upgrades (Boston Globe) California High-Speed Rail […]
Bad news for Big Oil in the White House budget, which seeks to axe $36.5B in subsidies — but will Congress go along? (TNR’s The Vine) That $100m jobs bill, including infrastructure, that the White House is hoping for? It might look considerably smaller once the Senate acts, perhaps this week (Politico) Georgia political heavyweights […]
At the local level, business has been a key force in cementing transit victories. But at a national level, the business voice has been largely absent from heated, high-stakes debates about transit. With a new report called “Bosses For Buses,” Good Jobs First investigates the disparity between local- and national-level organizing efforts by employers. In […]
Yes, says urban planner Neil Payton. From his guest column today on Reconnecting America’s blog: Denver’s light rail, in the background, ended up increasing the value of nearby homes. (Photo: Denver Post) Either [local planners] view [transit access] as too distant a possibility to factor in or, ironically, they view rail transit as a means […]