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BREAKING LaHood: Give Us A Week on Florida High Speed Rail

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) After a meeting with Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and a group of Florida Congress members, the U.S. DOT wants a deal put together in a week in which a third party assumes all the financial risk of building a high speed rail line.

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Delta Fined for Violating Disability Rules

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The U.S. Department of Transportation said today that it fined Delta Air Lines $2 million for violating federal rules on passengers with disabilities.

This civil penalty is the largest penalty ever assessed against ...

U.S. Senator Nelson's Office: Florida Planning Organization Wants to Take Over High Speed Rail

From Florida Senator Bill Nelson's office:

"Officials now studying ways to help Florida, despite governor’s rejection of federal money for high-speed rail. Today:

"Ø A metropolitan planning organization in Tampa and a rail authority in South Florida have volunteered to step forward in place of the ...

SF MUNI Faces $1.6 Billion Deficit, But Big Projects Get a Federal Boost

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) It's a truism well-known in transportation circles that it's much easier for transit agencies to get money for new projects than it is to find cash for ongoing operations and maintenance. Here in the Bay Area we've got several big expansions on in the ...

Rural Residents Losing Access to Intercity Transportation, Report Says

(Helena-Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) About 3.5 million rural residents lost access to scheduled intercity bus, ferry, and rail transportation between 2005 and 2010. That’s according to a

BREAKING: LaHood to Meet with Florida Delegation to Salvage Florida High Speed Rail

LaHood rides high speed rail in Japan last year with Central Japan Railway Chair Yoshiaki Kasai

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) A DOT official tells us "Secretary Ray LaHood has agreed to meet with the Florida delegation to ...

WMFE: LaHood and U.S. Senator Nelson Looking to Restore Florida High Speed Rail

On our partner The Takeaway this morning, Mark Simpson of our newest partner, WMFE in Orlando, reports:

"Readers of the tea leaves might have been able to anticipate this was coming. Last week Governor Scott was speaking with Wisconsin Governor Walker Scott who also rejected high speed ...

TN Moving Stories: NYC Council Votes To Improve Bike, Pedestrian Crash Data, Toronto Wants Private $ For Subway, and What's HSR's Future Looking Like?

Now that Florida's governor has 'pulled a Christie,' what does that mean for the future of the country's high speed rail program? (The Takeaway)

Good time for an ominous Ray LaHood tweet: "We have choices to make—not between left and right, but between forward and backward."

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High Speed Rail Will Not Come To Disneyworld

Sadiqa Muqaddam had been hoping for work on the high speed rail line

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) When I was in Tampa before last November's election, I met a man named Sadiqa Muqaddam. Muqaddam

Christie Calls Infrastructure Investments "Candy"




Speaking earlier today, New Jersey ...

Houston's METRO Gets Money Back From Spanish Rail Car Supplier

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Houston's METRO has officially received a $14 million dollar refund from the Spanish-owned rail car vendor Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).

METRO had hired CAF to build 103 light rail cars ...

NJ to Feds: We May Not Have Agreed About ARC Tunnel, But We Agree We Shouldn't Have To Pay

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) New Jersey politicians might not have agreed about the ARC tunnel -- but when it comes to paying back the federal government $271 million in ARC money, they present a united front ... against ...

Waiting for "Go" Dough

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) They say attention spans are getting shorter. But great patience is required in the transportation world, where big plans don't always include... well, plans.

by Chuck Kennedy, via Wikimedia Commons

Obama's robust transportation budget (pdf), a wonky ...

Ray LaHood: I'm Disappointed FL Rejected HSR Money -- But Other States Will Benefit

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) DOT secretary Ray LaHood is not happy about Florida governor Rick Scott's decision to reject federal funding for high speed rail. His office issued the following statement this morning:

U.S. Transportation Secretary ...

Christine Quinn: Parking Ticket Fix Good For Constituent Relations

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn was on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning to talk about her State of the City speech. And as parking tickets were one of the big ticket items in that speech, Brian asked --quoting Andrea Bernstein's Transportation ...

BREAKING: Rick Scott Rejects $2.4 Billion for High-Speed Rail

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Florida Governor Rick Scott just announced that he's rejecting $2.4 billion in federal stimulus funds for high-speed rail link connecting Orlando to Tampa.

"The truth is ...

Video: Rick Scott Ends Florida's High-Speed Rail Plan

Here's the press conference where Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his decision to cancel Florida's high-speed rail plan.
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TN Moving Stories: Maryland Population Growth Expected Near Transit, Transpo Groups Like President's Budget, And NCDOT Combats Junk in Your Trunk

Transportation groups have much to like in President Obama’s budget request for infrastructure improvements -- but fear the spending plan might not get off the ground in Congress. (The Hill)

Planners in Montgomery County, Maryland, expect population growth will happen around transit centers and mixed use developments near ...

The Politics of Driving

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got a whole bunch of attention (including from WNYC), for her proposal, packaged to land with maximum punch in her state of the city address, to ...

Sessions: High-Speed Rail Will Never Be Profitable

Senator Jeff Sessions

Transportation Nation's Todd Zwillich asked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions if he could ever support high-speed rail, as long as the overall budget bottom line is low. The response:

Senator Jeff Sessions: Well, the critical ...