Today’s Headlines

  • DeFazio takes aim at Obama administration’s lack of progress on new long-term federal transport bill (Roll Call)
  • As White House publishes final version of its auto fuel-efficiency standards, the clock starts ticking for industry lawsuits (Greenwire)
  • Drum Major Institute’s Moroz calls for a stronger federal urban policy (Times-Union)
  • Bay Area columnists take aim at proposed pay package for new state high-speed rail chief (SF Chronicle)
  • Without hands-on help from the White House, high-speed rail could be starved of dedicated revenue (Prog. Fix)
  • Governor of Maryland, which recently reversed plans to slow-walk funding for D.C. transit, says lack of money is no excuse for system’s poor safety record (WTOP)
  • After meeting with Toyota execs in Japan, LaHood hints a second round of federal fines for the company’s auto defects could be in the works (Det. News)
  • Architect Roger Lewis on how to build a walkable neighborhood (WashPost)
  • Yonah Freemark on the transit commuters’ tax break could be used for other purposes (Next Amer. City)
  • Could BP’s strategy for fighting its Gulf oil spill actually worsen public health? (MoJo Blogs)


Tea Party Republicans Take Aim at Bike-Ped Funding in Conference

Although Senate Republicans had hoped the carefully crafted compromise over the Transportation Enhancements program would stand, some House members are stating their insistence that the program be stripped out entirely in conference. Transportation Enhancements is the primary source of funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. It comprises less than two percent of total federal transportation […]

Streetsblog’s Brand-New Podcast: Episode 1

Behold, Streetsblog’s brand-new podcast! In what we aim to turn into a recurring feature, Reconnecting America’s Jeff Wood and I recently chatted about the week’s news in livable streets, urbanism, and sustainable transportation. The topics are drawn from Jeff’s excellent daily compendium of transportation and planning links, The Direct Transfer, and from stories we’re tracking […]

Funds for Walking and Biking Under Attack in Congress This Week

Funds for walking and biking infrastructure account for a tiny portion of federal transportation spending. Safer streets don’t cost much, though, so for the cities and towns that count on these programs, a few dollars from the feds can be a huge help. Despite the relatively small sums at play, walking and biking programs are a constant […]

Anti-Rail Candidates Take Aim at High Speed Dreams in the Midwest

Here’s another installment of our series on key governor’s races. Here’s the news from Wisconsin and Ohio. Check out our previous coverage of California, Texas, Maryland, Colorado, and Tennessee. Let them serve as a reminder to vote on Tuesday. “I’m Scott Walker. And if I’m elected as your next governor, we’ll stop this train.” That’s […]

How Flawed Formulas Lead Down the Road to Sprawl

The new CEOs for Cities report on the misguided metrics that fuel sprawl is getting a lot of attention today on the Network and in local media. Bike Portland and The Infrastructurist are both featuring the study, which found major flaws in a metric that’s widely used to justify road expansion. Several local press outlets […]