Today’s Headlines

  • European ash cloud prompting push for better rail systems (Reuters)
  • $48B in transport funding now available to states, about a month after Congress officially extended the 2005 transportation law until next year (DOT Press)
  • Conservatives blast Oberstar’s new proposal to strengthen oversight of public drinking water supply (ATR Press, Daily Caller)
  • General Motors repays $4.7B in outstanding bailout loans to the Treasury five years ahead of schedule (Reuters)
  • Recovery schmecovery: many urban areas still shedding jobs (MSNBC)
  • Illinois transit officials join project planning for future toll roads (Sun-Times)
  • San Francisco explores street paving technology that aids in water conservation (Streetsblog SF)
  • Salt Lake City unveils new "complete streets" redesign plan (SL Tribune)

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