Today’s Headlines

  • More coverage of the House’s state-level stimulus spending report (JOC, Reuters)
  • Exposing yet another commentator’s irrational skepticism for high-speed rail (WSJ)
  • Wyoming DOT seeks $100 million in stimulus money — two-thirds as much as its total road pot — for wildlife crossings (Star-Trib)
  • Er, the Secretary of Energy is a "radical global warming activist"? (WashIndy)

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New Stimulus Data: Road Funds 77% Under Contract, Transit at 74%

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As of the end of February, nearly $5.4 billion of transit stimulus money, or 74 percent, was under contract for projects in the 50 states and D.C., according to a Streetsblog Capitol Hill analysis of data released today by the House transportation committee. (Photo: DMI Blog) The success rate of transit stimulus spending was slightly […]

Stimulus Jobs From Transit vs. Roads: A Tale of Two States

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Smart Growth America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group today reported that transit stimulus spending created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar as highway stimulus  projects — a conclusion that Streetsblog Capitol Hill first previewed a few weeks ago. But as the groups snag some big-media attention today, […]

New Dem Campaign Brands Stimulus Critics as ‘Highway Hypocrites’

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined others in her party in voting against the stimulus before praising its local impact. (Photo: Seattle Times) As more media outlets note the phenomenon of GOP lawmakers who voted against the Obama administration’s economic stimulus law before seeking — and taking credit for winning — a share of its […]

Today’s Headlines

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Bike advocates thrilled with Oberstar’s transpo bill (The Hill) GM and Chrysler tell Congress not to mess with their dealership closure plans (AP) Bids for stimulus infrastructure projects coming in at surprisingly low amounts (GovExec) What the transit operating deficit hath wrought: an insufficient economic stimulus law (The Nation)

Killing the Myth of the ‘More Shovel-Ready’ Road Stimulus, Part II

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It has become one of the most enduring anecdotes surrounding the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus law: Democrats’ contention that White House adviser Larry Summers sliced transit aid by more than half, to $8.4 billion, out of concerns that projects were not "shovel-ready" enough. (Photo: DMI Blog) Has Summers been vindicated by the data? […]

Economic Hardship Standard in Stimulus Sparks Washington Ferry Flap

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The House transportation committee convened this morning to hash out the ongoing battle over federal policy-making, but Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) had a more local concern. How did Washington ferries manage to snag only 1 percent of stimulus aid? (Photo: city-data.com) Calling himself "an angry Norwegian," Larsen asked U.S. DOT undersecretary Roy Kienitz to explain […]