Today’s Headlines

  • USDOT to Congress: We Need a ‘Gargantuan Large’ Investment in Transportation (WaPo)
  • More States Crack Down on Driving While Texting (USAToday)
  • Critics of Seattle’s Car Tab Fee Want to Use Funds for Bridge Repairs, New Bus Lines (Seattle Times)
  • Chicago Set to Speed Up Transit and Freight Trains With New Track (Transport Politic)
  • Michigan Amtrak Trains Hit Record Ridership, State Plans for HSR (Detroit Free Press)
  • As Federal Funds Dry Up, California Forced to Rewrite HSR Business Model (WSJ)
  • Atlanta’s Regional Transit Plans Diluted By Politics Before Referendum (AJC)
  • Fort Collins Proactive in Reducing Bike-Car Collisions, Mounts Bike Racks on Ambulances (Coloradan)
  • Durbin: House Transportation Bill Would Cut Amtrak By 60%, ‘Seriously Hurt Illinois’ (Sun Times)
  • Calgary, Canada Hits Commuter Transit Goal 13 Years Ahead of Goal (CalgaryHerald)
  • Yglesias: War, Healthcare, Low Taxes Explain Underinvestment in Transportation (ThinkProgress)
  • Business Warns America Must Invest in Infrastructure To Remain Competitive (Politico)
  • Chinese Man Rides Bicycle He Made Out of Popsicle Sticks (Cyclicious)

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