The election of longtime transit and safe streets advocate Roger Millar to lead the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a sign that at least some of the powerful organization’s member states are moving beyond just building more roads. (Washington Post)
As the safety net breaks down and more homeless people take refuge on buses and trains, it puts transit agencies in the untenable position of doubling as social service providers. That conflict is exacerbated when transit goes fare-free. (The American Prospect)
The National Review supports the free market until the market rate for a ride to get a sandwich is $67. But the story has a happy ending — the editor took the subway instead!
Houston and Harris County have agreed to let the Texas DOT’s I-45 expansion move forward as long as the state pays to replace public housing and the expansion is kept within the existing footprint. But they’ll have to wait for USDOT to resolve its civil rights investigation into the project first. (Chronicle)
The Milwaukee neighborhood of Piggsville has already been victimized by urban freeway construction, and now an I-94 widening project will take out the gas station that’s the only place within a mile to buy food. (Jalopnik)
While Washington, D.C. is eliminating Metrobus fares, state law currently prevents Virginia from following suit. (Mercury)
The 60-mile Marquette Greenway will connect Chicago with lakeside communities in Indiana and even Michigan. (CBS News)
Barcelona is considering taxing delivery services like Amazon, whose trucks pollute the city and cause congestion. (Cities Today)
A proposal to cap bus fares in England at 2 pounds would take an estimated 2 million cars off the road this winter. (The Guardian)
Streetsblog NYC Editor Gersh Kuntzman — who has been un-defacing defaced license plates (don’t ask, it’s a New York thing) — will take his “criminal mischief” series to a national audience with a live radio interview with Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM’s POTUS Politics show at 11 a.m. It’s channel 124 on your satellite radio dial.
Transportation lobbying is a complicated universe, in which multi-issue environmental groups can be as active as organizations that exist only to influence infrastructure decision-making. But to shed some more light on a cast of characters that Streetsblog Capitol Hill began introducing last month, it’s worth exploring who represents Washington’s two largest transportation players and how […]
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the trade group representing state DOTs in Washington, yesterday unveiled a website and report billed as a one-year "progress report" on the White House’s $34.3 billion in formula-based transportation stimulus spending. (Photo: WBEZ) AASHTO’s report, citing data furnished to Congress, noted that 77 percent of […]
As the Obama administration’s inter-agency sustainable communities project commands a growing share of attention and funding in Washington, the response from conservatives and business lobbies has been decidedly less than enthusiastic. Washington D.C.’s bike sharing stations, above, got a prominent mention in the AASHTO report. (Photo: afagen via Flickr) When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued […]
AASHTO’s chart of projects deemed "ready to go" by its members. As Democrats in both chambers of Congress work on drafting new economic recovery legislation, they now have a preliminary list of how much spending can be set in motion on short notice: $15 billion for transit projects and $48 billion for highway projects. Those […]
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is set to join the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and two construction interests tomorrow in protesting the Senate climate bill’s proposed diversion of new fuel fees away from infrastructure — an argument that puts the transit industry’s leading D.C. lobbying group squarely in the […]
Not to be outdone, the road-building lobbyists at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have launched their campaign to influence federal transportation spending priorities over the next year, including the 2009 TEA package. Last week, while encouraging team Obama to incorporate highway construction into its economic stimulus plan, AASHTO rolled out […]