Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood heading to Japan for face-to-face talks with Toyota execs over defective autos … (LAT)
  • … but not before getting lobbied by mag-lev train backers on a Pittsburgh visit (Trib-Review)
  • New York state officials and CSX hold a powwow with the feds to clear up controversy over high-speed rail’s top speed (Dem-Chronicle, Buff. News)
  • Embattled Illinois commuter rail chief throws self in front of train (AP)
  • New study attributes uptick in nighttime road fatalities among teens to texting behind the wheel (Time)
  • Dallas op-ed writer mulls his own lack of enthusiasm for daily transit use (Morn News Blogs)
  • New grassroots lobbying push in Seattle for $30m hike in annual bike-ped spending (S. Times)

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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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(Graphic: Fast Company) 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 […]

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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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Harvard economist Ed Glaeser takes a look at the sprawl-inducing home buyer’s tax credit, a policy only "a real estate agent could love" (NYT Blog) Confirmation of what you heard here last month: The No. 2 Senate Democrat thinks a gas tax needs to be on the table to fund a transportation bill next year […]

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Take that, George Will! LaHood hits Portland today to celebrate new streetcar production (Daily Journal of Commerce) Midwestern high-speed rail backers propose $11.5 billion plan for 220-mph service (AP, Transport Politic) Conservative columnist Michael Gerson: GOP climate ‘traitors’ did the admirable thing by supporting last week’s bill (Star-Trib) D.C. Metro trains to run manually for […]