Today’s Headlines

  • Taxes Have Proved the Sticking Point for Transpo Bill (The Hill)
  • DC Metro Gets $150M in Senate Bill (WaPo)
  • Google Will Help Pinpoint Every Rail Crossing in America (NYT)
  • Will Anthony Foxx Make a Senate Run? (The Hill)
  • Not Relying on Feds, NC Plans for Controversial Privately Run Tolls (Bloomberg)
  • Oregon Governor Pulls Plug on Gas Tax Hike (Columbian)
  • Transit Solutions Needed for Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Sun)
  • Cyclists Have a Rough Ride in Philly Burbs (
  • Can Boston Create “Gold Standard” BRT? (CityLab)
  • Twin Cities Breaks Its Daily Bike-Share Mileage Record (KSTP)


And So Begins the Long Slog to the Lame Duck

The push for a long-term transportation bill is slowly giving way to the reality of an utter lack of consensus around a funding mechanism. The chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with finding that consensus, indicated today that the job just isn’t possible right now. The Hill reports that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) […]

Trio of Experts Urge Passage of Bipartisan Transportation Bill

The Senate is finally making progress towards passing their two-year transportation bill, but the big question seems to be what’s to come in the House — and not even the House knows. The uncertainty surrounding the House bill, and the threat it poses to the entire reauthorization process, has elicited an impassioned response from representatives […]

A Quick Guide to the State of Transpo Policy on Capitol Hill

Coming back to Streetsblog after a few months away, I needed to get up to speed on the latest with transportation-related legislation, and I thought some of you might too. Here’s what you need to know: Appropriations House Republicans passed a pretty terrible Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill last week, decimating […]

Harry Reid Calls Bike Facilities “Absolutely Important”

Seems like bicycling heroes are coming out of the woodwork these days. I’d missed this in all the coverage of the extension, but was gratified to see that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s opposition to Sen. Coburn’s machinations weren’t just in the interest of smooth procedure. The man actually cares about bike/ped issues. From The […]

Boxer and Inhofe Say Transportation Bill Almost Ready, Funding Still TBD

Two leading Washington lawmakers assured reporters Wednesday that a long-term transportation bill is coming, but provided little in the way of details. Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, respectively, held a press conference Wednesday featuring a line-up of construction and labor […]