Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood brings his anti-distracted driving campaign to the United Nations today (WaPo Blogs)
  • Lingering threat of ash clouds in Europe is giving a long-term boost to rail (Bloomberg)
  • Murray, the Senate’s chief appropriator for the U.S. DOT, urges Obama to use Mexican president’s visit to help resolve cross-border trucking dispute (The Trucker)
  • Conservative think tank attaches "gas tax" label to White House proposal for higher oil liability fees in wake of Gulf Coast spill (Heritage Blog)
  • The case against the federal government’s transit benefit (GGW)
  • Grist’s David Roberts makes the case for the Senate climate bill
  • Maryland kicks off its largest transport stimulus project, a $25m bridge replacement (O’Malley Press)

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Drawing Ideas From Reformers, Obama Gets Behind 6-Year Transpo Plan

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Not a Word About Transit in Obama Jobs Plan

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President Obama Signs Transportation Extension

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The House passed it 421-4, the Senate passed by voice vote, and now President Obama has signed the Surface Transportation Extension Act. The entire transportation program would have gone silent today if he hadn’t, since the previous extension was to expire. Transportation officials welcomed the news, saying the extension would allow construction projects to move […]