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)

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Today’s Headlines

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Is the recession really easing? Not for many transport and construction companies (Reuters) LaHood cruises on mag-lev train during visit to Japan (AP, Bloomberg) A look at the local ramifications of the auto-bike culture clash (CNN) Debate erupts in D.C. after transit union calls for 40mph maximum speeds on local rail, citing safety concerns (WashPost […]

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A new study reinforces the open secret of distracted driving — legislation requiring hands-free cell phones won’t do the job (WSJ) More proof that the vice president was correct in calling high-speed rail grants apolitical: Pennsylvania’s Democratic-rich leadership is upset to see their state got shut out (Trib-Review) In Tampa, meanwhile, joy over rail money […]

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