Today’s Headlines

  • Parsing the status-quo message of state DOTs’ federal arm (Streetsblog NYC)
  • House Republicans insist they are abiding by a promised earmark moratorium after Oberstar raises questions (CPI Blog)
  • LaHood announces new rule aimed at preventing distracted driving by railroad operators (FRA Press)
  • Transport construction union launches new campaign to build support for long-term federal legislation (The Hill)
  • Ron Sims, No. 2 at HUD, talks up the Obama administration’s sustainable communities effort in Rhode Island (Prov Journal)
  • Conservative think tank questions White House press secretary’s Twitter plug for his local bike shop (Heritage Blog)
  • D.C.’s much-touted NextBus transit tracking program is proving unreliable (WaPo Blogs)

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Delivering his climate-change message to Congress yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned that fuel-efficiency advances secured by the Obama administration would not be enough to reduce emissions from transportation — not without encouraging Americans to drive less. Transportation Secretary LaHood said today he’ll weigh in later on climate-change money for transit. (Photo: HillBuzz) But when […]

LaHood Praises NYC But Shrugs at Transport Reform to Empower Cities

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised the New York City area’s clean-transportation strategy today in a speech to the region’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO), promising a stronger focus on urban priorities even as he all but ruled out two reforms long sought by the nation’s cities. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Zimbio) LaHood’s speech to the […]

LaHood Talks Budget: “Very Bright” Future for Infrastructure Fund

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he sees "very bright" prospects for congressional approval of the Obama administration’s $4 billion National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund, the new iteration of the long-discussed National Infrastructure Bank proposal. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, with the president. (Photo: NYT) "There is a great deal of interest in […]

Boxer, LaHood Coming to L.A. to Discuss Federal Transportation Bill

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As transportation reformers continue to wait for the Senate to join the House in offering a new federal transportation bill, Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will hold a town-hall meeting at the headquarters of L.A.’s Metro transit authority on Friday, February 19.  Boxer and LaHood get on the […]

LaHood Vows to Avert Federal Transpo Bankruptcy and Pay For It

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The Obama administration is working on a plan to fill the shortfall in the nation’s highway trust fund by August without adding to the federal deficit, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Congress today. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: HillBuzz) The circumstances behind the trust fund’s financial troubles are well-known: a nationwide decline in driving coupled […]

Fly on the Wall Alert: Obama, LaHood, and Tom Friedman Tee Off

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In yesterday’s New York Times, columnist Tom Friedman published an impassioned plea for American policy-makers to reconsider their knee-jerk opposition to raising the federal gas tax or debating a carbon tax to set a more appropriate price for energy use. Friedman writes: The president on the links. (Photo: Gawker) According to the energy economist Phil […]