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)


White House Economic Report Touts TIGER, High-Speed Rail, Transit

The White House Council of Economic Advisers’ first annual report under President Obama made headlines today for its gloomy job-creation outlook, but tucked inside its 462 pages is a tangible reflection of a changed outlook on transportation policy under the new administration. Top White House economic adviser Christina Romer, at right, holds up yesterday’s report. […]

Oberstar to White House: On Emissions, Back Up Your Words With Action

Appearing this morning at the release of a new report on transportation’s role in fighting climate change, House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) challenged the Obama administration to back up their emissions rhetoric with action and pass his six-year, $450 billion infrastructure bill. FTA’s Peter Rogoff (in hard hat) heard strong words from Rep. […]