TN MOVING STORIES: House Passes Transpo Funding "Shell Bill", Ford Bets Big on China, Silver Line Dealt Budget Blow

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Lautenberg, Christie Appointee Feud Over Toll Hike, ARC Tunnel (link)
NYC Prize for Subway App That Works While Underground (link)
Report: LaHood Says There’s No Hope of Transpo Bill Before November (link)
As NY Taxi Commission Prepares for Historic Vote, Dissent Looms (link)
APTA: As Gas Prices Mount, Transit Savings Approach Historic Highs (link)

Silver Line construction near Tysons Corner, VA (photo by cizauskas via flickr)

The House passed another transportation funding extension, but the "shell bill" will hopefully lead to a conference committee. (Washington Post)

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopes his legacy will be a dramatic expansion of rail service in LA. (Los Angeles Times)

The head of New York's MTA doesn't want subway and bus workers to carry stun guns. (Wall Street Journal)

The $1 billion plan to raise the Bayonne Bridge has bipartisan support on both sides of the Hudson -- unlike one recent major NJ infrastructure project. (AP via

A rare joint legislative hearing on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been postponed. (Star-Ledger)

California's high-speed rail plan relies on "highly speculative" funding, says a new report by the state's Legislative Analyst's Office. (Sacramento Bee)

TransCanada has secured almost all the land it needs to build the Keystone XL pipeline -- but not all landowners are on board. (Marketplace)

Ford is building a new assembly plant in China that will double the number of passenger cars it builds there. (Detroit Free Press)

A 14-minute film based on Brooklyn's B61 bus is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. “If you don’t know the B61, you don’t know the pain of waiting," says one regular rider. (New York Daily News)

St. Paul City Council is a step closer to licensing pedicabs. (Pioneer Press)

The process to start building the second phase of Metro’s new Silver Line is on hold while officials in one Virginia county decide whether to support the project. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, the Virginia budget passed without funding for the project. (WAMU)

New York Times editorial: President Obama is right to call for more scrutiny of the oil markets.

Sam Schwartz -- aka "Gridlock Sam" -- returns to the Brian Lehrer Show to talk about how commercial traffic would be handled under his traffic plan. (WNYC)