LaHood Talks Up Cities and Transit

Today on the Network, more
uplifting commentary from Ray LaHood. Posting on his (still
unfortunately-named) "Fast Lane" blog, the transportation secretary sings the praises of America’s cities as innovative economic centers, and pledges support for urban transportation systems and transit-oriented development.

Because of the release of stimulus funds, cities will soon be
humming with construction workers, engineers, and maintenance crews.
You’ll see roads repaved, interchanges improved, and bus and rail
systems repaired, upgraded, and expanded.

But, the stimulus is just the beginning. We need to find ways to
keep people employed — and keep transportation healthy — after these
recovery funds are expended. To that end, this administration is
committed to strengthening and streamlining all federal transportation
programs. As I told the National Bike Summit
last week, we are absolutely committed to more livable, sustainable
communities by reducing congestion, by building housing near transit,
by supporting all modes of transportation.

Echoing LaHood’s remarks, Trains for America
reports that passenger rail advocates are predicting a revival of
intercity service, thanks to stim funds, while in cycling news, Streetsblog LA and DC Bicycle Transportation Examiner look at new bike parking facilities on tap for their respective cities, and Orlando Bike Commuter reflects on what it takes to foster a cycling community.

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