Transportation headlines, Friday, Nov. 12

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Driver gets 90 days in jail for hit-and-run involving bicyclist (L.A. Times)

It’s been almost a year since Ed Magos was struck by a hit-and-run motorist while riding his bike in downtown L.A. The news that the driver will be serving jail time has L.A. cyclists feeling that justice has at last been served. Initially the L.A. County District attorney and L.A. City Attorney didn’t press charges – but the bicycle community got together and brought attention to the issue, and the case was eventually picked up.

As a New Congress Sets Up Shop, Questions About the Future of Transportation Funding (The Transport Politic)

Here’s a reality check from Yonah Freemark about what the new congress might mean for transportation and infrastructure funding in this country. While the Republicans won the majority in the House of Representatives with campaign promises of fiscal belt tightening – something that might not bode well for the nation’s massive infrastructure needs – Freemark takes solace in the fact the federal government didn’t exactly shrink in past periods of Republican governance.

LaHood to states: Proceed with rail projects or give up stimulus funds (CNN)

There may be hope  for transportation funding, even with the new Congress – but just in case, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is letting anti-rail governors know that the stimulus funds their states have received for high-speed rail are for, well, high speed rail. Seems there was some confusion as to whether high-speed rail included road construction.