As House Democrats return to Washington today in an effort to pass two infrastructure bills, a handful of moderates are holding them hostage. (New York Times).
Meanwhile, the Senate is in recess, and progressive stalwart Bernie Sanders is headed to the red states of Iowa and Indiana to try to build support for infrastructure spending. (CNBC)
By framing people outside the vehicles as victims, the feds’ latest investigation into Tesla’s autopilot feature could go a long way toward protecting cyclists and pedestrians from runaway robocars. (Slate)
Also in Slate, Henry Grabar about the onerous environmental laws that make it harder to build transit than highways.
Much of the rail infrastructure we still use today was built over 100 years ago, and it was all privately funded. Then came federal subsidies for air travel and highways. (Washington Post)
Walkable places boost prosperity, support local businesses, enhance creativity, productivity and a city’s identity, promote tourism, encourage investment, attract the creative class, raise property values, activate streets and reduce crashes. (Public Square)
A new paid transit app will provide maps and schedules for cities where the company, called Transit, doesn’t have deals with local transit agencies. Users who can’t afford the $5 monthly or $25 annual fee can request a free subscription. (Mass Transit Mag)
Seattle’s Sound Transit, grappling with a projected $6.5 billion budget deficit, is saving $500 million thanks to a new federal loan package. (The Urbanist)
The Austin Chronicle raises the alarm that the Texas DOT has abandoned any pretense of doing anything with I-35 other than widening it.
After eliminating on-street parking requirements last week, St. Paul now has no parking minimums. (Pioneer Press)
Facing a shortage of workers, Metro Transit in St. Louis is offering incentives to attract more bus drivers and mechanics. (Post-Dispatch)
Birmingham residents are tired of risking their lives to cross Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard. (CBS 42)
Omaha’s mayor vetoed funding for a bike lane that the city council had added to the municipal budget. (WOWT)
Kerry reveals details of upcoming Senate climate bill (Politico) Conservatives anxiously eyeing LaHood’s next move at U.S. DOT (Amer. Spectator) Transit equity advocates painting giant red "X" on Atlanta rail cars today to protest service cuts (Creative Loafing) Portland gets $2.4m grant from feds to work on new, overhead wire-free streetcar technology (Prog. RR’ing) A […]
Federal transit regulators are investigating possible safety flaws in the foundations that are to hold up a major new rail extension in the D.C. area (WashPost) Republicans still seeking consensus for plan to direct unspent stimulus money to transportation (WSJ) Sen. Feinstein supports using unspent financial bailout money to seed a National Infrastructure Bank (CQ […]
Washington D.C.’s Metrorail: The nation’s second-most popular subway, driven into disarray by underfunding and poor management (WashPost) New York’s state Senate president urges fellow leaders to get on the high-speed rail bandwagon (Times-Union) A second hole appears in Tulsa’s I-44 bridge, rated "structurally deficient" by the feds (T. World) The latest trend in electric cars: […]
House majority leader says his chamber isn’t ready to sign off on the Senate jobs bill as is (Politico) Meanwhile, manufacturers’ lobby is "disappointed with" the Senate plan, saying a 10-month rescue of the highway trust fund is only viable "if this leads to a permanent six-year bill" (NAM Press) Stimulus analysts at Onvia, the […]
Oberstar is throwing his weight behind a three-month extension of transport law, but the Senate has its own 18-month plan ready, with a $20 billion price tag (CQ) Senate approves $122 billion transportation-housing spending bill, with $10.4 billion for transit (AP) California is banking on winning nearly half the Obama administration’s high-speed rail money (Reuters) […]
"We’re not giving up on highways," LaHood told state DOT officials this week, while reiterating the Obama administration’s interest in rail expansion (see video above, from DOT Press) Rendell, Schwarzenegger, and Bloomberg urge the Senate to match the House’s infrastructure spending in future jobs bills (BAF Press) Obama administration plans to release a broad wish […]