Introducing the Streetsblog Network

just launched our shiny new transportation-policy blog network, and
we’re pretty darn excited. You can find out why by clicking here.

Streetsblog Network (
brings together more than 100 blogs from 31 states — and counting. Its
purpose is twofold: to create a place where people who blog on smart
growth, livable streets and sustainable transportation issues can come
together and learn from each other. And to provide a clearinghouse for
information related to the transportation bill, or "TEA," that directs
the spending of hundreds of billions of federal dollars. The next such
bill is set to come up for reauthorization in 2009.

Federal transportation policy has long been a Beltway
insider’s game, one where the highway lobby held most of the cards.
This time, a coalition of organizations called Transportation for America has come together with the aim of taking the next TEA bill in a different direction.

We’ll be using the Streetsblog Network site to give readers
and bloggers opportunities for action on the TEA bill, information
about upcoming committee hearings — pretty much all the news on this
legislation that we can get our hands on.

Think of it as a community that gets things done.


The Federal Transportation Bill Is a Health Care Bill

Dr. Richard J. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Science in the UCLA School of Public Health. We’re happy to host opinion pieces from academic and other community leaders. Contact if you’re interested. On February 23, Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative John Mica held a congressional hearing here in Los Angeles to […]

CA Transportation Choices Summit Tackles Policy Issues

The California Transportation Choices Summit, held in Sacramento this week, was an opportunity for sustainable transportation and public health advocates to spend the day learning about current state policies and legislation in the works to change them. This year’s summit was titled “2014: A Year of Opportunity.” The “opportunity” comes in the form of new funds from […]

US PIRG: How About High Speed Rail for Every Major City

(Image: U.S. PIRG) Now that the Obama administration has awarded $8 billion in high-speed rail grants to more than two dozen states, with $2.5 billion more coming soon, why not keep thinking big when it comes to bullet-train expansion? That’s the ethos of a new report released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group […]

The Stimulus Bill: Time to Start Following the Money

Now that the president has signed the stimulus bill, members of the Streetsblog Network have thrown themselves into the task of trying to figure out where all that money is going. To that end, we’re featuring Transportation for America‘s "Full Summary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009", a handy roundup of the […]