Ben Cardin, Maryland's junior Senator, is emerging as one of our great transit advocates in the United States congress and he gives good interview to Grist's Kate Sheppard. It's great to see mid-Atlantic legislators like Cardin and Delaware's Carper repeatedly showing leadership on these topics. But what about DCCC honcho Rahm Emmannuel with his Chicago district, or his Senate counterpart Chuck Schumer of New York? In a country where most legislators don't represent transit-friendly areas, transit-friendly policy is always going to be a tough sell but I'm pretty sure it could be done (the total amount of money involved in realistic policy changes isn't that huge) if legislators who do represent such areas would all start pulling.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.