Publicola reports that the Obama Administration is revising FTA guidelines that were viewed by rail advocates as biased against rail because they did not capture its various secondary benefits.
Anyhow, Erica Barnett says what needs to be said, so read her piece. I suppose this is good news for Sound Transit (and its upcoming rail projects) and somewhat worse news, in relative terms, for the many local transit agencies with plans for BRT. On the other hand, less mature projects may have their alternatives analysis tipped to favor rail.
Also APTA is pretty happy about this.