Today’s Headlines

  • The Obama administration has received applications worth $57 billion for the stimulus law’s $1.5 billion TIGER grant program, designed to focus on multi-modal projects (JOC)
  • … and announces plans to go to Copenhagen for Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid (WH Press)
  • A call to arms from one editorial board: Let’s start taking transportation reform seriously! (Free Press)
  • Trucking industry wants to be exempted from any congressional move to ban texting while driving (NYT)
  • Infrastructure policy becomes attack-ad fodder in VA’s gubernatorial race (WaPo)
  • Recapping the congressional machinations over the next federal transportation bill (AJC)
  • 16 years of inaction have passed, and the U.S. still lacks the stones to start talking about a higher gas tax (Good)

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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? […]

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 […]

Spending Transportation Stimulus Money Fast vs. Spending it Well

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How fast is the economic stimulus law’s $48 billion in transportation aid being spent — and is it being spent on the right projects? The relative importance of those two questions made for lively debate in the House transportation committee yesterday. Though $29.4 billion of the transportation stimulus pot has been promised to specific projects, […]

Final Stimulus Bill Slaps Transit Riders in the Face

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The final tally is in, and we now have a breakdown for transportation funding in the stimulus bill that President Obama will sign, barring some unforeseen turn of the screw. Via Transportation for America: $29 billion for highways and bridges $8.4 billion for transit $8 billion for high-speed rail $1.3 billion for Amtrak To compare […]

Less Than One Percent of Transpo Stimulus Money Paid Out So Far

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The New York Times reports this morning that the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package has hit a few snags: Some states and cities are beginning to complain that the money has yet to reach them. Others have been slow to get their paperwork to Washington; Virginia has yet to send the Transportation Department […]

One More Sign That the Stimulus Traded Infrastructure for Tax Cuts

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The independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an economic analysis of the Obama administration’s stimulus law this week, and one chart in particular (see below right, or a larger version here) is getting a lot of attention from bloggers, including Ezra Klein and Ryan Avent.  (Image: CBO) The chart’s message, simply put: the elements of […]