Today’s Headlines

  • In NYC appearance, LaHood suggests that tolls could fund new long-term federal transport bill (Transport Nation)
  • U.S. DOT’s auto safety chief says new legislation beefing up his authorities, post-Toyota scandal, could be stronger (Bloomberg)
  • Senate climate bill’s estimated effect on gas prices: less than a 25-cent increase, says new study (The Hill)
  • Three new National Academy of Sciences urge lawmakers — again — to put a price on carbon to avert consequences of climate change (TNR’s The Vine)
  • California high-speed rail planners seek $16m in extra federal planning aid (CHSRA Press)
  • Michigan advances state legislation creating Detroit-area transit authority (Crain’s)
  • Maryland’s former GOP governor, gunning for a rematch with Dem incumbent, backs rapid buses instead of proposed Purple Line light rail (Sun Blogs)
  • Wisconsin commuter rail project to seek federal aid (Prog. RR’ing)

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