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)


Boxer Aims to Put TIGER-Type Program in Next Federal Transport Bill

During an otherwise-abbreviated hearing yesterday, Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA)  joined the chorus of praise for the stimulus law’s TIGER program, declaring her intention to add a version of the competitive infrastructure grants to the next long-term federal transportation bill. Bicyclists in Philadelphia, where $23 million in TIGER money was awarded to build […]

Obama Administration to Award $775M for Bus Transit Upgrades

The Obama administration plans to award $775 million in bus transit grants this summer, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) chief Peter Rogoff announced yesterday during a transit industry conference in Ohio. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff (in hard hat) (Photo: WaPo) The bus grants are aimed at shoring up aging equipment and helping cash-strapped localities modernize […]

The Case For a Merit-Based and Front-Loaded Infrastructure Bill

Even as much of official Washington pauses for the holiday weekend, the congressional winds keep shifting in favor of a job-creation bill that aims to front-load infrastructure spending between next year and the 2012 election. A rendering of the proposed Moynihan Station (Photo: The Real Deal) In Minnesota this week, reporters heard House transportation committee […]

Obama Quietly Gets Federal Agencies Involved in Transport Planning

When President Obama signed an executive order in October requiring federal agencies to craft strategies for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, he described the mandate as Washington "lead[ing] by example" on the pollution-reduction front. (Photo: AP) And that’s true — but the order also includes language telling federal agencies to get involved in integrating local […]

Today’s Headlines

Ahead of tomorrow’s Toyota hearing in the House, lawmakers take aim at the company’s — and the government’s — safety record (Free Press) LaHood says the Ohio River Bridges Project, which features tolling as a possible revenue raiser, could be in line for second round of TIGER aid or other federal funding (WAVE-TV, Courier-Journal) Do […]