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These Are the Best Cities to Ditch Your Car
Live in a city with public transit and thinking about ditching your wheels to save some cash? The American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) latest savings report might convince you to take the plunge.
Mental Floss • March 24, 2016
The Best Cities for Public Transportation
Drivers in the 15 largest U.S. metro areas spend an average of 63 hours per year stuck in congestion on the way to work, costing an average of $1,433 per person.
SmartAsset • February 24, 2016
Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax
President Barack Obama is about to unveil an ambitious plan for a “21st century clean transportation system.” And he hopes to fund it with a tax on oil.
Politico • February 04, 2016
Obama’s Smart Transit Plan Hinges on Oil Tax
This week, the Obama administration is expected to release a budget plan that would put more than $300 billion over the next decade into carbon-reducing transportation technology.
Fortune • February 08, 2016
Obama proposes $320B for 'clean transportation'
President Obama proposes spending $320 billion over the next ten years on a "clean transportation" plan in his final budget released on Tuesday.
The Hill • February 09, 2016
Lynch says gas tax could help transportation woes
U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch suggested a gas tax hike could help close the deficit for the state’s troubled public transit system.
Boston Herald • December 22, 2015
Highlights of H.R. 22: Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
On December 1, a conference committee unveiled the FAST Act, which would authorize approximately $305 billion for highway, transit, rail and safety spending for the next five years, until September 30, 2020.
JD Supra Business Advisor • December 07, 2015
State officials feeling good about highway plans
Passage of a five-year, $305 billion federal transportation bill will mean more money for Illinois and the ability to do more long-range planning, according to state and local officials.
Herald & Review • December 06, 2015
Congress Passes FAST ACT to Improve Transportation
“This bill is a benefit to the citizens of Arkansas and our state’s economy”
Ledger Gazette • December 07, 2015
FAST ACT MEANS MORE MONEY FOR FLORIDA TRANSIT AGENCIES’ BUSES
President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or FAST Act, a $305 billion transportation bill that will provide the state of Florida with $890 million more than it would have gotten under current funding formulas
Florida Politics • December 07, 2015
Senate approves highway bill that revives EXIM bank; Obama to sign Friday
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a five-year highway bill on Thursday that would fund America's roads, bridges and mass-transit systems.
Reuters • December 03, 2015
Obama signs $305B highway bill
President Obama signed into a law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill on Friday, with just hours to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit spending.
The Hill • December 04, 2015
Obama signs 5-year infrastructure spending bill
A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation’s aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama.
Washington Post • December 04, 2015
Negotiators strike deal on five-year highway bill
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached an agreement on a compromise highway bill that would extend federal transportation funding for five years as Congress scrambles to prevent a lapse in highway funding this week.
The Hill • December 01, 2015
Highway Bill Compromise Announced by U.S. Congress Negotiators
Negotiators from both chambers of Congress reached agreement Tuesday on a five-year U.S. highway plan, although several House members said they weren’t happy with some of its funding mechanisms, including provisions to take money from banks.
Bloomberg • December 01, 2015
Congress reaches deal on 5-year highway bill
The agreement sets the stage for the bill to move through the House and Senate as soon as this week.
Politico • December 01, 2015
House comes up with 6-year, $325 billion transportation bill, with a catch
The House on Friday proposed to spend $325 billion on transportation over the next six years, launching a plan that made practical sense but came with an enormous caveat.
Washington Post • October 16, 2015
No Free Riding
Congress still hasn't figured out how to pay for its latest transportation funding bill
US News & World Report • October 22, 2015
House panel approves $325B highway bill
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to spend up to $325 billion on transportation projects over the next six years.
The Hill • October 22, 2015
Secretary Foxx: Congress ‘Can Achieve a Bipartisan Bill’
With about a week to go before a House transportation panel takes up a multiyear highway bill, the country’s top transportation officer said the timing is right for both chambers of Congress to finally approve such legislation.
Transport Topics • September 09, 2015
Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill
The Coalition of Northeastern Governors, a non-partisan association is urging transportation leaders on Capitol Hill “to act quickly to ensure continuity and stability of the nation's highway, transit, rail and safety programs and the Highway Trust Fund.”
TruckingInfo • September 03, 2015
Feds: Highway funding will last until June 2016
The Department of Transportation has updated its Highway Trust Fund ticker to say that the federal government is now projected to run out of money for infrastructure projects in June 2016, six months later than previously expected.
The Hill • September 08, 2015
McConnell sells Senate highway bill in Kentucky
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing for his long-term highway funding bill during the Congressional recess, even though it was ignored by the House.
The Hill • August 14, 2015
Transit Gains Funds in Revised Senate Transportation Bill
The Senate’s six-year $350-billion transportation bill continues to change, as lawmakers shifted more funds to transit at the expense of highway programs and dropped some proposed revenue-raising mechanisms.
Engineering News-Record • July 27, 2015
House, Senate move toward passage of short-term transportation bill
The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.
AP • July 29, 2015
What's in the 6-Year Senate Transportation Bill
The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.
AP • July 28, 2015
Senators reach deal on six-year highway bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have reached a deal on a six-year highway funding bill.
The Hill • July 21, 2015
GATW Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership
The Getting America to Work coalition is sending a letter this morning urging House and Senate leaders to pass a long-term transportation funding bill.
Politico Morning Transportsation • July 13, 2015
Motorists' Efficiency Might Drive Taxes Up
The problem Congress faces in paying for new highways and other transportation projects is that the Highway Trust Fund, which for decades has financed road and transit spending, is running out of revenue.
Roll Call • May 20, 2015
Senate approves short-term highway bill, sending it to Obama
The Senate passed a two-month extension of highway funding, staving off an abrupt halt in infrastructure projects and pushing back a likely protracted debate over how to finance road construction in the long-term.
The Hill • May 23, 2015
Bill would hike gas tax to pay for roads
A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax and index it to inflation to pay for a new transportation bill.
The Hill • April 16, 2015
Eyes on the Street: Metro’s Stand Up 4 Transportation Rally
Transit riders have a lot to lose if partisan battles in Washington do not find their way to reauthorizing a federal transportation bill.
LA Streets Blog • April 09, 2015
Getting America To Work Members Mark Stand Up for Transportation Day
On Thursday, April 9, transit agencies across the United States will host events marking Stand Up for Transportation Day
Getting America To Work • April 09, 2015
Lawmakers urge Congress to 'man up' on transportation funding
Illinois’ federal lawmakers stood united with area transit leaders Thursday in urging Congress to “man up” and pass a long-term federal transportation funding bill before two key transit measures expire or teeter on insolvency.
Chicago Sun Times • April 09, 2015
White House sends Congress $478 billion, 6-year transportation bil
The Obama administration sent Congress a $478 billion bill that would provide the federal share of transportation funding for the next six years, the first legislation out of the gate in a year that is likely to produce a competition among three bills.
Washington Post • March 30, 2015
Taxes or tolls? Five fixes for highway funding
Members of both parties say they want to see transportation funding extended with little drama, but they have yet to reach a consensus about how to do that, creating the potential for a standoff as the deadline approaches.
The Hill • March 16, 2015
Mayors press Congress to pass highway bill
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging Congress to pass legislation to prevent a shutdown in transportation funding this summer.
The Hill • March 23, 2015
Going Beyond the Gas Tax: How to Pay for the Highway Trust Fund?
The fund covers repairs for roads, bridges and mass transit. But it's running out of money -- and there's no long-term plan in sight.
U.S. News • March 09, 2015
DOT chief to Congress: Make highway bill 'count'
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pushed Congress to approve a long-term infrastructure bill just a couple of blocks away from their doorstep.
The Hill • February 20, 2015
DOT chief pushes highway bill at bus tour stops
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx used a bus tour to push the Obama administration’s $478 billion transportation bill proposal.
The Hill • February 18, 2015
Rep. Blumenauer Introduces Highway Funding Bill
Getting America To Work applauds Congressman Blumenauer for continuing his efforts to ensure America’s transportation and infrastructure needs are funded for years to come.
Press Release • February 05, 2015
Obama, Congress agree on infrastructure need, if not fix
President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress agree they need to fix the country’s infrastructure funding problem before the money runs out on May 31. But so far, they’ve found little agreement on how to get there.
McClatchy DC • January 20, 2015
Poll: Spending on Infrastructure Is a Top Priority for Americans
Democrats and Republicans are at an impasse on infrastructure funding, but a majority of Americans support new spending on such investment.
The Atlantic City Lab • January 21, 2015
Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax
Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out.
The Hill • January 09, 2015
Why cities need public transport to be competitive
It’s easy to take it for granted, as we go about our daily lives. But public transport is one of the key ingredients in making our cities both environmentally sustainable and economically competitive.
City Metric • December 17, 2014
AASHTO/APTA report: U.S. needs $163 billion annually to fix aging transportation infrastructure
A report released by two national transportation associations yesterday estimated that $163 billion is needed each year over a six-year period to fix the nation's aging surface transportation system.
Progressive Railroading • December 09, 2014
Public Transportation Important for Employment
A new study has found that many people in the greater New Haven area depend on public transportation as their only way to get around, which means they must take jobs located along bus lines.
NBC Connecticut • November 24, 2014
5 Things Congress Should Do by Year's End: Our View
With the next election two years off and more than 60 departing lawmakers not having to face voters again, this is the perfect time to increase the tax from the current 18.4-cents-a-gallon to an inflation-adjusted 30.3 cents.
USA Today • November 17, 2014
Congress Would Rather You Drive to Work Than Take Public Transit
Commuter tax benefits favor drivers over people using public transit but that could change in the Lame Duck session.
Washington Post • November 17, 2014
Mass Transit Advocates Seek Tax Break Parity
Unless Congress takes action in the lame-duck session, commuters who use mass transit and van pools will continue to get a smaller tax break than the one available to drivers who get a tax break for employer-provided parking.
Roll Call • November 12, 2014
For Low-Wage Workers, Public Transit Isn’t a Lifestyle Choice; It’s a Lifeline
In low- and middle-skill industries, only about 25 percent of jobs are accessible via public transportation even within 90 minutes — and that’s each way.
Tampa Bay Tribune • October 19, 2014
Congress Should Fix the Gas Tax
Even in this age of partisanship, prominent members of both parties agree that they should be able to work out a better system. It’s about time that happened.
Washington Post • October 03, 2014
How Denver Leaders Pulled Off a Public Transit Miracle
Voters agreed to tax themselves for a commuter rail network. Then a budget shortfall almost doomed the whole project. Now it's on track to completion.
National Journal • October 01, 2014
It’s Time to Build Roads to Prosperity, Literally, IMF Says
Especially for advanced economies, infrastructure investment “is one of the few remaining policy levers available to support growth, given already accommodative monetary policy..."
Wall Street Journal • September 30, 2014
Transit Advocates Won’t be Caught Napping as Highway Bill Advances
Public transit advocates were blindsided when House Republicans introduced a five-year highway bill two years ago that proposed eliminating the Highway Trust Fund’s transit account.
CQ Roll Call • April 07, 2014
Tax benefits for mass transit commuters set to drop
To the many items that Congress neglected to address before wrapping up its year, add another: tax benefits for millions of Americans who rely on mass transit for their commutes.
The Washington Post • December 26, 2013
Editorial: Tax policy shouldn't favor cars over transit
Good news for people who drive to work: The tax break you can claim for parking costs will go up in January. Bad news for people who ride the buses and trains: Your tax break will go down. A lot.
Chicago Tribune • December 20, 2013
Coalition Urges Chairman Shuster to Support Increased Investment In Transit Infrastructure
Transit agencies from across the country sent a letter to Chairman Shuster and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, urging them to support increased investment in transit.
Getting America To Work • December 12, 2013
Unequal Tax Benefits Punish Public Transit Riders
With cuts to tax benefits for transit commuters set to be triggered at the end of the year, it is essential that Congress act to ensure that transit riders benefit from the same tax incentives available to commuters who drive to work.
Roll Call • December 11, 2013
Ready to ride: America THINKS transit
Millions of Americans favor public transit over driving in latest infrastructure survey from HNTB Corporation; convenience may drive further adoption
HNTB • November 05, 2013
Survey: Investing in Mass Transit Key to Economic Growth and Job Creation
Announced today, the survey findings illustrate a growing awareness among residents that investments in mass transit are key to economic growth and job creation.
Rockefeller Foundation • August 24, 2013
Congress must increase transit funding and help get America to work
Without Congressional action, the federal tax benefit that helps transit riders defray the cost of commuting will drop from $245 to $125 per month at the end of this year.
The Hill • August 02, 2013
Polling the Gas Tax
For the fourth year in a row, the Mineta Transportation Institute has polled the public on ways to fund transportation infrastructure — with some interesting findings.
Mineta Transportation Institute • June 25, 2013
Is Your Rep a Member of the New Public Transportation Caucus Yet?
DC Streets Blog • May 31, 2013
Lipinski partners on transportation caucus
Associated Press • May 27, 2013
Lawmakers form public transit caucus
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers in the House announced on Thursday that they were forming a caucus for public transportation supporters.
The Hill • May 23, 2013
Lipinski, N.Y. colleague form congressional transit caucus
A Chicago congressman is one of two founders of a new group designed to help public-transit agencies squeeze money out of Washington.
Crain's Chicago Business • May 23, 2013
Transit saved 865 million hours of traffic congestion in 2011, TTI report says
Public transportation helped reduce traffic congestion by saving 865 million hours of travel on the nation's highways, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's (TTI) 2012 Urban Mobility Report.
Progressive Railroading • February 06, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Deal Restores Commuter Tax Break For 2012 And 2013
There’s good news for train, subway and van pool riders hidden in the 157-page fiscal cliff deal—an extension of pre-tax benefits for transit commuters on par with parking benefits.
Forbes • January 02, 2013
Study: Squeeze on spending could lead to mass-transit meltdown
If you are a CTA or Metra rider who is miffed about paying more to ride buses and trains next year, those higher fares represent only one relatively minor worry for Chicago-area transit customers, according to a new study by DePaul University.
Chicago Tribune • December 10, 2012
Transit to Jobs Equals Economy
"Trying to market a city without transit is like trying to sell a cell phone without a camera." That was one of the take-home messages from a speaker at an urban planning conference earlier this year, according to my friend who was there."
National Journal • December 10, 2012
Public transit advocates tout ridership growth to warn against budget cuts
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) said Monday that ridership on public transit systems across the country has been increasing for nearly two years and urged lawmakers not to cut funds in a deficit deal.
The Hill • December 10, 2012
Use of Public Transportation Jumps
More Americans are taking public buses and trains, a report finds. L.A. County Metro's ridership rose 1.7% in the first part of the year, and the Riverside Transit Agency's has surged 27% since 2002.
Los Angeles Times • December 10, 2012
Missing from presidential race: roads, bridges
Here are a few items that largely have been missing from the presidential campaign: planes, trains, roads and bridges. But as Superstorm Sandy reminded the world so vividly, we can’t afford to do without them...
Associated press • November 05, 2012
Sandy prompts second look at city transportation systems
Hurricane Sandy exposed decades of neglect of transit systems, and some transit advocates think the storm's impact has the potential to dramatically reshape how and where people live and how they get to work...
Portland Press Herald • November 04, 2012
Chicago-area sees 3.2 percent increase in use of public transit
Chicago-area transportation officials say there was a 3.2 percent increase in public transit use....
Associated Press • November 03, 2012
Public transportation users save $9,934 annually
Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can save, on average, $828 this month, and $9,934 annually...
Metro Magazine • October 25, 2012
Murray: Public Transit Professionals Must ‘Speak with One Voice’
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) called on public transportation professionals to “speak with one voice on the role of public transit in rebuilding the U.S. economy” when she addressed the Oct. 1 Opening General Session of the 2012 APTA Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Passenger Transport • October 05, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times - Metra towns fare better in sales, prices
Communities served by METRA commuter trains have seen home sales bounce back faster than the Chicago suburban area as a whole, according to the fourth annual METRA Community Study by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network...
Chicago Sun-Times • October 01, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times - Editorial: Get on board, Congress, for sake of commuters
There’s no easier win for Congress than quick passage of a bill that invests in the nation’s roads, bridges and public transit. And the moment to go for it is now. The entire Illinois congressional delegation should get on board...
April 29, 2012
Chicago Tribune - Officials: Congressional delays in transportation bill would be costly
The Chicago region's public transit system would lose $1.2 million a day in federal gas tax revenue — the equivalent of two new buses — if Congress fails to prevent the Saturday expiration of the nation's transportation spending legislation...
March 26, 2012
Crain's Chicago Business - Op-Ed: Why funding mass transit is important to our economic growth
Amid the election-year din, one issue remains paramount to most Illinoisans: the slow pace of economic recovery and job growth. Spurring economic growth and creating jobs are defining challenges for our region and our state.
March 26, 2012