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)

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