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THE DIG
[Op-Ed] What is ‘Rural livability’?

The transportation question on Capitol Hill: What is rural livability? Unlike urban or suburban living, each of which give rise to instant and consistent images within us, rural life is hard to pigeonhole into one set typology, says Gary Toth, Project for Public Spaces, and Hannah Twaddell, Renaissance Planning Group, in an op-ed on how we develop all of our country in the 21st Century.

May 17th, 2010

THE DIG
Cowboys don’t ride buses

The Dallas Cowboys left town for a new stadium before the start of last year’s season. And the Dallas suburb of Irving, where the NFL team played from 1971 to 2008, is planning for life after football with a new transit-oriented development. At the same time, a new stadium just down the road has no transit access at all -- except for a one-day, temporary rail line to be built for Super Bowl Sunday next year.

Mar 31st, 2010

THE DIG
TIGER to fund rail project in Detoit

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Wednesday the winning projects to be funded under their Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, which was created to oversee the dispersal of $1.5 billion included in the stimulus plan a year ago. In other words, a bureaucracy within a bureaucracy. While the DOT's function is to oversee the flow of transportation dollars from Washington, the TIGER program's function is to do it better (as it relates to stimulus funding and as it relates to finally using an acronym that is also Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's nickname).

Feb 18th, 2010

THE DIG
White House: Better safe than sorry on rail-transit

Or, once you’re sorry you better be safe. That is the line U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is taking after introducing Tuesday the Administration's plan to take over safety regulation of the nation's subway and light-rail systems. This follows, among other recent incidents, the June 22 Metro crash in Washington, D.C., that killed nine people and injured dozens more.

Dec 10th, 2009

THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER
Video: A tax on miles, not gas

In a report from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, some states are experimenting with controversial new taxes to pay for highway construction. Special correspondent Lee Hochberg reports from Oregon, where officials are looking into charging drivers a tax based on the number of miles they drive in lieu of a highly-debated gas tax.

Oct 16th, 2009

THE DIG
Federal transportation law gets one-month extension

At midnight Wednesday, the federal transportation law funding national highway and transit programs expired. Amid a lack of consensus in Congress on what to do—as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has been at odds with both the Senate and the Obama Administration—the current law was extended for one-month. However, it is a short-term fix.

Sep 30th, 2009

THE DIG
Transportation Bill running on fumes

With Congress back after a summer recess, President Barack Obama, in an address before both the House and Senate on Wednesday, again made clear that the government’s business at this moment is health care reform. As a result, major climate legislation has been delayed twice in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. At the same time, similar legislation in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- a $450 billion bill to overhaul transportation funding and policy nationally -- has not been put off, at least by Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D., Minn.).

Sep 11th, 2009

THE DIG
Plugging holes in public transit budgets: An update

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr revisits a report from earlier this year on the operating budget troubles of mass-transit agencies throughout the country.

Jul 24th, 2009

THE DIG
The Ride: In the Senate, $26.8 Billion Highway Trust Fund Rescue

As the House version of a new transportation bill to reauthorize and reform the current federal transportation law, which expires at the end of September, remains in the House, the Senate has made two significant moves in the past week to postpone the debate for a new law.

Jul 21st, 2009

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