For most of MetroRail's first year, the commuter rail line suffered from too few riders and agency officials were fighting the perception of empty trains. Now, the region's first new passenger rail line in 70 years faces a new problem: too few seats. ..
While a House transportation bill still appears to be a long way off, the Senate is prepared to move forward on its version. EPW Committee leaders just announced that they'll be marking up their two-year bill November 9... Read On
It's been more than two years since the last federal transportation bill expired, and the debate in Washington about the size and scope of the next bill continues. Members of both parties have acknowledged the declining state of America's highways and infrastructure... Read On
As we reported yesterday, the buzz around a two year transportation bill seems to be growing, and there are sound reasons to set our sights on a shorter-term bill, despite the obvious pitfalls... Read On
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters today that the administration sent its draft bill to Capitol Hill two weeks ago. "It's with the people that it needs to be with," LaHood said, "the staff that's working on a bill."... Read On
When last we checked on AB 710, the California bill to eliminate minimum parking requirements for infill and transit-oriented projects, it sailed through Assembly committees and eventually passed that body unanimously, 78-0. And why not? The bill offers both environmental and economic benefits. ... Read On
On February 23, Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative John Mica held a congressional hearing here in Los Angeles to discuss the federal transportation bill. The dominant theme of the hearing was expanding and establishing federal financing programs to provide capital for major infrastructure projects such as Los Angeles's 30/10 plan, an initiative to build 12 major transit projects in 10 years...
The Senate EPW Committee just posted a transportation bill outline on their website, and despite previous assurances by committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), there appears to be no dedicated funding for bicycling and pedestrian programs in the bill... Read On
Following President Obama's call for an extension of the federal highway bill when Congress returns to Washington next week, the Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Tuesday he is open to a short-term extension of the bill.. ... Read On
A bill to provide Americans with more transportation choices than just driving is one step closer to becoming law. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Steve LaTourette (R-OH) just introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 [PDF]. The bill doesn't have a number yet... Read On