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Biden, Obama visit Purple States to Tout Energy, Infrastructure Plan

Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) For Biden, it's Greenfield Indiana (a state that Obama won by less than one percentage point over McCain in 2008).

Here's the White House press release:

Vice President Biden Announces Plan to Put ...

President Continues Energy, Infrastructure Push in Wisconsin

His prepared remarks:

Remarks of President Barack Obama at Orion Energy Systems – As Prepared for Delivery

Let me begin by clearing something up. I have not come to Packer Country because I lost a bet. Sunday ...

Christie: I won't pay $271 Million For Dead ARC Tunnel

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Governor Christie's spokesman, Michael Drewniak, just emailed around the following statement. We'll have more soon, plus FTA response. (Yesterday, when asked about the ARC tunnel negotiations, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff--who'd just spoken at ...

TN Moving Stories: Can Pols Commit to Infrastructure Spending, Christie Appealing ARC Bill, and Is Congestion Pricing Back on the Table NYC?

Missed last night's State of the Union? Watch below:

The nation's transportation infrastructure is in dire need of repair, says House Transportation Committee Chairman ...

Obama heads to Wisconsin (!)

mock-up of the Milwaukee high-speed rail station

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It caught our eye that -- a day after proposing a vast increase in high speed rail -- President Obama is heading ...

Mica: Yeah. Maybe We Can

Very mild rebuke from House T&I Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL) to state of the union.

“After the Administration derailed a major six-year transportation bill in 2009, it is encouraging that they are now on board with getting infrastructure projects and jobs moving again. However, just another proposal to spend ...

GOP Response: It's Only So-Called "Investment"

Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisconsin) response to the State of the Union:

"Whether sold as "stimulus" or repackaged as "investment," their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

"And during the last two years, ...

Obama: 80 Percent of Americans Should Have Access to High Speed Rail By 2036

(Washington, DC -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is calling for what aids are calling "an upfront investment" in 2011 so that by 2036, eighty percent ...

President: We Have To Do Better on Infrastructure

Excerpt from the President's State of the Union address: "The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, ...

Obama: One Million Electric Vehicles by 2015

From the speech: "At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out ...

President: Six Year Transportation Plan to be Outlined in Budget

From a White House Fact Sheet: "The President’s Budget will outline a comprehensive, six-year plan to leverage our resources to repair crumbling roads, bridges, and transit. It will feature up-front investments that will both help generate hundreds of ...

Down to the Wire on Whether NJ Will Pay $271 Million for Cancelling ARC Tunnel

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The clock is ticking on a proposed deal between the feds and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over his decision in October to cancel the ARC rail tunnel under the Hudson because of projected cost overruns.

Christie has until the end of today to ...

Check TN Tonight For State of the Union Coverage

We'll be posting and tweeting. Alex, Kate & I will tell you what's what, on the SOTU and transportation, with reports from Todd Zwillich, who'll be in the chamber. Join us here, at 9 EST.

Federal Rail Administrator Szabo: Loss of Wisconsin Won't Slow Midwest High Speed Rail

The Federal Rail Administrator, Joe Szabo, is telling the TRB conference the loss of Wisconsin won't really affect the Midwest high speed rail network.

Szabo "This is a state driven program -- it's up to the states to ...

More hints on what the State of the Union will say about Transportation

(Washington, DC -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) What's in tonight's speech? No one is saying for sure, but Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari just told an audience of transportation professionals in Washington: "You can bet the President ...

Hiking Up Fees In Texas Could Help Congestion Problems, But Not Solve Them

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) David Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas, told the Dallas Morning News that he’ll encourage lawmakers to seek out more money for highway construction.

He said he won’t support a tax ...

TN Moving Stories: Madison To Get Bike Share Program, Distracted Walking Under Fire, and NYC To Renovate Dozens of Subway Stations

Perfect transit moment in DC, not too far from the Transportation Research Bureau conference: Metro, bikes, buses, pedestrians, cars (Kate Hinds)

Lawmakers in New York and Arkansas are considering restrictions on using cell phones and music players such ...

Guangzhou Wins ITDP Sustainable Transit Award

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

[UPDATED] (Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The 2011 Sustainable Transport Award goes to Guangzhou, China in large part for a successful and highly popular bus rapid transit system that integrates with bike lanes, bike ...

Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy: Infrastructure to be "one of the themes" of State of the Union

(Washington, DC -- Andrea Bernstein) Assistant Undersecretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. DOT, Polly Trottenberg, is promising infrastructure will be "one of the themes" of President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow night. She told an assembled crowd of transportation researchers at the Sustainable Transport Award ...

House GOP Leader: Not "An Easy Answer" to "Just Spend More" on Transportation

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pushed back directly Monday on the Obama Administration calls for increased transportation infrastructure funding.

In an extended exchange with reporters, Cantor said that throwing ...