Today’s Headlines

  • Remember that $932 million in earmarked transport funding that Oberstar demanded be reapportioned to avoid giving four states most of the benefit? His efforts have run into a big Senate obstacle: the Democratic whip (Crain’s)
  • St. Louis-area columnist ask how LaHood can call for bikes to be on equal footing with other modes of transport before dedicating a local bridge that lacks bike lanes (Post-Dispatch)
  • The U.S. DOT chief will spend today riding the rails in Connecticut to promote local rail expansion (AP)
  • More LaHood: He visited Indiana to promote local Safe Routes to School programs (Fox 59)
  • In Tampa, high-speed rail backers are finding their efforts inextricably tied to a plan for sales tax increases to fund local transit improvements (St. Pete Times)
  • D.C.’s transit agency steering clear of service cuts, opting for higher fares after riders sounded off on the Hobson’s choice (WashPost)
  • Did General Motors really repay its bailout loan to the government ahead of schedule? Not exactly, as Sen. Grassley (R-IA) points out (WSJ)
  • New bicycle advocacy push starts in Santa Fe (NM Indy)


LaHood Answers GOP Critic, Soothes Dem Skeptic of Sustainability Budget

As Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tangled with a senior GOP senator today over the White House’s $500 million-plus request for its inter-agency office of sustainable communities — a new project aimed at channeling federal energy towards local transit-oriented and smart growth plans — an influential Democrat joined her fellow senator in raising questions about diverting […]

LaHood Talks Budget: “Very Bright” Future for Infrastructure Fund

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he sees "very bright" prospects for congressional approval of the Obama administration’s $4 billion National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund, the new iteration of the long-discussed National Infrastructure Bank proposal. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, with the president. (Photo: NYT) "There is a great deal of interest in […]

White House Staying Quiet For Now on Transit’s Role in Climate Bill

Delivering his climate-change message to Congress yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned that fuel-efficiency advances secured by the Obama administration would not be enough to reduce emissions from transportation — not without encouraging Americans to drive less. Transportation Secretary LaHood said today he’ll weigh in later on climate-change money for transit. (Photo: HillBuzz) But when […]