Today’s Headlines

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  • The U.S. electric grid is going to need a makeover if electric cars ever take off (above graphic and full story at Fast Company)
  • LaHood to visit MIT today to talk high-tech distracted driving solutions (AP)
  • Americans who learn to love Amtrak, warts and all (WashPost)
  • A look at the private-sector companies vying for a piece of Florida’s high-speed rail action (Tampa Trib)
  • Virginia to sell $500m in new transport bonds — but does it portend a long-term plan from Gov. McDonnell (R)? (Examiner)
  • A Connecticut transit advocate makes the case for focusing on rail, not buses, in the Hartford-New Britain area (Courant)
  • PA state lawmakers suggests doubling transit fares to help pay for roads … (Trib-Review)
  • … as a grim new report pegs the state’s unmet transport needs at $3B (Inquirer)
  • Seattle area developer sues to stop the city’s planned light rail expansion (S. Times)

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The federal rejection of tolls on I-80 wreaking transport funding havoc in Pennsylvania … (Morn Call, Philly Wkly, Bloomberg) … as Brookings’ Rob Puentes calls for a change in federal law in response (TNR’s The Avenue) Congress’ approval of $150m in December for the D.C. Metro transit system means the money can be spent now, […]

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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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Politico sits down with LaHood for a lengthy interview on distracted driving … … as the U.S. DOT chief kicks off a campaign to get more women involved in transport careers (Prog. RR’ing) Obama to order the start of work on a post-2017 round of auto fuel efficiency standards (Free Press) House GOP’s earmark moratorium […]

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More local takes on the White House’s TIGER transportation grant program (Sun-Times, Oregonian, KC Star, WaPo, Tribune, Morn News, Star-Trib) How D.C. is dealing with the road repair demands caused by its recent Snowpocalypse (WaPo) Is transit scary for women? (Grist) Houston isn’t about to let San Francisco command the spotlight as the nation’s "electric […]

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Sen. Kerry (D-MA) on yesterday’s climate bill rollout, in his own words (Grist) Bad sign for that climate bill? Obama statement calls it by the wrong name, citing House version instead (WH Press) Obama urges Senate to defeat auto dealers’ favorite provision in the pending financial reform bill (The Hill) How China is winning the […]