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Ray LaHood Wants to Build Big in America

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood makes the case for building big and bothering Congress.

“Across the nation, over 100,000 miles of highways and bridges are in disrepair,” explains the announcer in this Audi commercial. The ad’s message? From crappy drivers to crappy roads, if you’re getting around in the United States, you need a pretty fancy car to do the job.

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"Amtrak Joe" Biden Reveals High-Speed Rail Plans

It's a $53 billion investment over the next six years. The ultimate goal: Giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years.


Yesterday, "Amtrak Joe" Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took to Philadelphia's historic 30th Street Station to reveal the administration's new, refined plans for America's high-speed rail. In short, President Obama is calling for a $53 billion investment over the next six years—including $8 billion next year—with the ultimate goal of giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years. (This comes on top of the $10.5 billion already devoted to HSR—$8 billion of Recovery Act funds and $2.5 billion from the 2010 budget.)

We've long pined for the rapid build-out of a HSR network, and this announcement is a good sign that the administration isn't backing off some bold earlier claims. Even more encouraging is this language from the White House press release that followed Biden's announcement (emphasis mine):

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Ray LaHood: "The End of Favoring Motorized Transportation"

Our Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, appeared National Bike Summit last week where he stood on a table and told the cyclists "you have a...

Our Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, appeared National Bike Summit last week where he stood on a table and told the cyclists "you have a full partner in Ray LaHood." There's video below the jump.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIXi-AFiayEYesterday, he took to his Fastlane blog to declare "This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized," and issed a new "Policy Statement"-effectively a list of recommendations for state departments of transportation. Here's what he's telling the states to do:

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