Today’s Headlines

  • As environmental groups head to the White House for a meeting on the Senate climate bill, its unveiling pushed back by another week (Greenwire, Nat Jrnl)
  • Democrats warn the Obama administration not to treat GM’s pension liabilities as its own (Det. News)
  • House transportation committee members urge White House to roll back rule allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. roads (Refrig. Transporter)
  • The Federal Railroad Administration limits public comment period on its national bullet-train plan (Prog. Fix)
  • Does Wisconsin’s new transit push leave its low-income residents stranded? (News Buzz)
  • Arizona governor’s move to slice transit funding could face legal challenge (East Valley Trib)
  • Georgia state lawmakers moving forward on legislation to aid Atlanta’s struggling transit network (AJC)
  • Will vaunted zoning reform in Montgomery County, Maryland, actually change much about residential density? (Yglesias)

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Well That Was Quick: Obama Disavows Mileage Fee Proposal

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