Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood says he has yet to endorse Senate Dems’ $2B transit aid bill: "We need to look at how we pay for that" (WNYC)
  • A separate, wide-ranging interview with LaHood, on everything from bike funding to fuel-efficiency rules (NPR)
  • U.S. metro areas scratch the feds’ back, the feds scratch theirs? How one Arizona pitch could set the stage for a new federal transportation financing framework (TNR’s The Avenue)
  • Oberstar strikes a compromise with Illinois lawmakers over fixing the transportation funding disparity in February’s jobs bill (Crain’s)
  • EPA warns Arizona that its federal transport funds could be at risk if statewide air quality isn’t improved (PHX Biz Jrnl)
  • U.S. DOT sends about $80 million in high-speed rail grants to FL, CA, NY, WI, NM (FRA Press)
  • On-the-scene coverage of the EXPO transit convention, where rail was high on the agenda (Streetsblog LA)
  • Michigan transportation advocacy groups protest state’s move to cut road repair funds as a tactic to avoid losing federal construction dollars (Citizen-Patriot)
  • Wisconsin state rep seeks to ban bike boxes, which he chalks up to "liberal extremists" (WI St. Jrnl)

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