Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood hails Canada’s offer to help pay for a new bridge link between its southern border and Detroit (Det. News)
  • Feds release new guide to bike commuting implementation (LAB Blog)
  • Voinovich lobbies his local regional planning organization for a gas tax hike to fund new federal transport bill (Biz Courier)
  • Felix Salmon profiles transport wonk and Streetsblog NYC contributor Charles Komanoff (Wired)
  • Austin, Texas, sees its federal payment under the infrastructure-centric Build America Bonds program temporarily withheld by the IRS (Bloomberg)
  • How Portland, Oregon, sold local banks on walkable development (Streetsblog NYC)
  • San Jose airport planners consider personal rapid transit "pods" for local airport (Merc News)
  • 50 years later, Wisconsin state DOT apologizes to Indian tribe for demolishing one of their cemeteries (AP)
  • Memphis city council scraps funding for proposed light rail link between downtown, airport (Comm. Appeal)
  • In South Africa, a transportation strike is hobbling small-scale agriculture (WSJ)


Today’s Headlines

Is Oberstar giving up on his push for a long-term transport bill? No way (CongressNow) LaHood tangles with GOP over stimulus (The Hill) Proposed $4.6 billion widening of Maryland’s I-270 sets nerves on edge (Sun) Michigan’s members of Congress ask the administration to save their road projects ( Sustainable transport advocate to head White House’s […]

Streetsblog Q&A: Bush DOT Chief Backs Transport Tech Funding

Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who served for eight years in George W. Bush’s DOT, sat down with Streetsblog Capitol Hill yesterday to urge that Congress add a dedicated funding stream of $1 billion each year for transportation technology to the next long-term infrastructure bill. Since leaving office, Peters has transitioned to private consulting work […]

Streetsblog Q&A: Bush DOT Chief Endorses National Transport Goals

Mary Peters, who spent four years as George W. Bush’s Federal Highway Administrator before taking over the U.S. DOT in 2006, has entered the simmering debate over whether Washington should set performance goals for the nation’s transportation system. Her answer: "Absolutely." Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters (Photo: IU) Peters, who is now working as a […]

Today’s Headlines

Chief of AFL-CIO’s transport unions: DeFazio’s oil securities tax is "an exciting proposal" (AFL Blog) Feds giving cities more money for transit security (AFP) How will the House v. Senate face-off on transport funding end? Some lobbyists see a six-month compromise (Roll Call) Horrors! Utah highway officials fear more money for transit (SL Trib) Virginia’s […]

Oberstar to Back 3-Month Delay in Transport Bill As Soon As Next Week

House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) is readying a proposal to extend current infrastructure law by three months — 15 months less than the delay preferred by the White House — and could introduce the legislation as soon as next week, his office said today. House transport committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) (Photo: Capitol […]