Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood hails New York Times’ Pulitzer win as a victory for distracted driving campaigners (DOT Blog)
  • Oklahoma state DOT delays projects as federal funding from recent jobs bill has yet to materialize (T. World)
  • Amtrak starts high-speed rail group to maximize partnership potential on federally funded projects (Bond Buyer)
  • Safety Q&A with Jeff Moskos, former Baltimore police officer, author, and professor (Streetsblog NYC)
  • Obama administration’s oil-drilling proposal raises the question: Just how much fossil fuel would it produce? (Newsweek)
  • Chrysler sharing technological info with NASA (CNNMoney)
  • China looks to rail to propel future economic growth (NYT)

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I had the chance to listen in yesterday to top staffers from USDOT explain their collaboration with HUD and the EPA — the "Partnership for Livable Communities" that was first unveiled in March and touted again by President Obama in July. Three officials, including one of Ray LaHood’s top deputies, Beth Osborne, outlined their plans […]

GAO: Transportation Spending an Investment With Uncertain Returns

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Cross-posted from Mobilizing the Region, the official blog of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. A December study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that, well, there’s not much government accountability when it comes to how states spend federal transportation funds. Despite the existence of a federally mandated transportation planning process, the federal government offers no clear goals […]