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The Hill’s Transportation Report—Transportation Lobby Sees Road to Short-Term Highway Spending Legislation

[As posted by Keith Laing in The Hill’s Transportation Report] Transportation industry observers are not expecting the House to take up the $109 billion transportation bill passed last week by the Senate before the end of the month, increasing the necessity of a short-term extension, which leaders in both chambers have said they hope to […]

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The Hill’s Transportation Report—K Street Pessimistic About Highway Bills

[As posted by Keith Laing in The Hill’s Transportation Report Supporters of the two transportation bills stuck in the House and Senate are pessimistic either will win chamber approval now that they have lost any momentum they once had. Labor groups supporting the $109 billion, two-year Senate transportation bill thought that legislation could get through […]

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Huffington Post Blog – House GOP Needs to Stop Pushing 'Message' Bill and Pass a Transportation Jobs Bill

[As posted by Ed Wytkind on the Huffington Post] Does the nation need Congress to quickly finish a surface transportation investment bill that funds the operations and infrastructure of our mass transit systems, highways, bridges, railroads and ports? You bet. Does H.R. 7, the pending House version of this legislation, get us there? Not even close. […]

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Associated Press-Solution to Crumbling Roads, Bridges Elusive

[By Joan Lowy of the Associated Press] WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems are at the point of hindering U.S. economic growth, but Congress is struggling to come up with a solution. The problems are numerous. One of the big problems: Americans have been driving less for several years due to […]

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Huffington Post Blog – Giving Up My Seat on the Bus

[As posted by Ed Wytkind on the Huffington Post] In this time of economic crisis, when more people are trading in their monthly parking garage passes for subway tokens and bus fare, wouldn’t it be a good idea to give transit agencies the flexibility to spend money on keeping systems operating and fares low? We […]

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National Journal Blog – Commuter Benefits: A Payroll Tax Cut Congress Can Agree On

[As posted by Ed Wytkind on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] While Congressional Democrats and Republicans squabble over whether, and how, to cut payroll taxes for employers, they’re ironically set to cut from one popular program that’s already allowed employers to save hundreds of millions of dollars in payroll taxes while offering vital commuter benefits. As […]

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Brinkmanship on Air Safety Bill Must Stop

[As published in The Hill] It’s happened again. You’ve been a temp for years now. You do a great job and no one complains. Every few months the boss extends your position but refuses to make your job permanent. This has happened 22 times over five years, and you have been in constant limbo and […]

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National Journal Blog – Privatization Will Bankrupt Amtrak

[As posted by Ed Wytkind on National Journal’s Transportation Experts Blog] To the question of whether or not this is the same old debate, the answer is yes. The purpose of running a national passenger rail system isn’t to enrich Wall Street and wealthy investors by handing them one of the nation’s most prized and […]

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The Hill's Congress Blog – Congress Must Not Block Safety Improvements in Aviation Safety Bill

[As posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog] With all the challenges facing our aviation system, we’re also having to worry about in-flight fires due to poorly regulated lithium battery transport. Why? Because some members of the House of Representatives want to put profits before safety by blocking needed in-flight battery safety rules as part of […]

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Firedoglake Blog – Shocker: Gov. Walker Not So Lucky in his Request for High Speed Rail Funds

[As posted on FireDogLake] When the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the states that had applied for high speed rail grants last month – made available after Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected the funds – I was surprised to see Wisconsin on the list.  A bad joke?  No, five months after sending $810 million in […]

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