In the latest infrastructure bill drama, President Biden is under pressure to get legislation passed before a climate summit in Scotland later this month (The Hill). Meanwhile, recalcitrant Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinama said she won’t vote on the reconciliation bill, which is expected to include more funding for transit, until the House votes on the bipartisan bill (Reuters), and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s price for supporting a bill that addresses climate change might be funding for coal and gas power plants (Politico). Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering big cuts to the former (CNBC), which has angered the progressive caucus (New York Post).
Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff is pushing for $10 billion in the reconciliation bill to fund high-speed rail between Atlanta and Charlotte. (Athens Banner-Herald)
University of Georgia researchers have invented a plant-based jet fuel that could reduce emissions by 68 percent.
Tesla owners are driving around aimlessly trying to get access to the company’s “Full Self-Driving Mode.” (Jalopnik)
Philadelphia’s $450 million in federal COVID transit funding is running out, and some advocates want to replace it with congestion pricing. (NBC 10)
A Massachusetts state senator outlines how he’ll push for more transit funding in the state’s 2022 budget. (Commonwealth)
After adding second cars to light rail lines anticipating that ridership would recover, the Pittsburgh Port Authority is going back to single cars. (Post-Gazette)
A study found that a new Amtrak route through Montana could generate $271 million in economic benefits. (Missoulian)
A D.C. Metro train derailment Tuesday may have been caused by a stuck holding brake. (Washington Post)
Happy 2011! May this year bring peace, harmony, and a six-year transportation reauthorization. The best part about 2011 is that it’s not 2010. Last year was a tough one at the federal level: constant extensions of both the transportation bill and the general budget, no progress on an adequate funding source for infrastructure investment, and […]
Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters today that she had an “excellent”, “wonderful” meeting with Rep. John Mica (R-FL), the new chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She confirmed that they’re working on a “longer-term” transportation bill and have come up with many points of agreement. We’ll let you know more details about […]
As the Copenhagen climate talks reach a turning point, congressional negotiations over emissions cuts are taking a back seat to global debate. But some undeniably good news on the domestic front came late yesterday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) described the Copenhagen talks this week as a motivator for […]
Addressing a climate change forum this morning, two Democrats on the Senate environment committee said they are pushing for transit and other green modes of transport to get 10 percent of the revenue generated by the upcoming Senate bill regulating carbon emissions. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) (Photo: DTI) Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), a chief sponsor […]