‘We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs’

Last night, the Daily Caller unearthed a video of Barack Obama saying (among many other things), “We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs." Sounds drastic. But this is also the sort of proposal that conservative and liberal transportation reformers have been pushing for years.

Why the new U.S. battery industry is still struggling

One of the most intriguing parts of the 2009 stimulus bill was a $2.4 billion provision to kick-start a new domestic battery industry in the United States. But as sales of electric vehicles remain slow, the new industry is struggling, thanks to too many battery factories and too little demand.

Auto bailout price tag rises to $25 billion. How high will it go?

A new U.S. Treasury report estimates that taxpayers will lose $25.1 billion on the auto bailout. But analysts note that the final price tag could be much lower--or higher--depending on when the government sells its shares of GM. And, of course, that number doesn't include the cost of not bailing out Detroit.

Why most Americans can’t take mass transit to work

When gas prices spike, only a fraction of Americans can shift from car to the bus or subway. A new report explains why. Mass transit systems in urban areas don't do a very good job of connecting where people work with where people live.

Who will get high-speed rail first: California or the Northeast?

After a key vote last week, California is finally ready to start constructing its $68 billion high-speed line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. But it's not clear there's money to finish the project. Which means the great hope for high-speed rail may actually be out East, as Amtrak releases plans to upgrade its popular corridor between Boston and D.C.