House Dems continue a growing drumbeat in favor of infrastructure investment to create new jobs … but the funding question remains unanswered (WSJ)
Texas Republican gubernatorial foes Hutchison and Perry trade jabs over transportation funding (News Messenger)
A new poll with an eye-rolling setup: 6 in 10 people think transit and carpooling are good for the environment, but 4 in 10 aren’t likely to take advantage of the options. But 3 in 10 respondents live in rural areas where "transit is generally not readily available" (AP)
Ah, Maryland: the Montgomery County Council wants state transportation authorities to lower their planned tolling charges on the massive new Intercounty Connector road (Balt. Sun)
Ah, Virginia: Dwindling revenues will hit the state to the tune of $851 million over the next six years (Times-Dispatch)
Inspired by Transportation for America’s pedestrian safety report, one Florida performance artist is aiming to cross the state’s dozen most dangerous intersections (Sentinel via T4A)
NIMBYism constrains California solar power projects (WSJ Blog)
Transportation’s make-or-break week in Washington has ended with a funding face-off postponed until fall, thanks to Senate passage of a short-term, $7 billion rescue for the nation’s highway trust fund. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (Photo: PatersonOnline) The trust fund patch, designed to keep U.S. DOT dollars flowing to local road projects until September 30, keeps […]
Under funding public transportation causes low-quality service and low ridership. It also forces people with low incomes to buy cars and encourages increased carbon emissions. Additional federal transit operations support could improve mobility access for communities nationwide.
Since 1982, federal transportation funding has been governed by the "80-20 split," which restricts the federal Department of Transportation from spending more than 20 percent of its Highway Trust Fund money on transit projects, leaving the majority of federal funding for highway projects.
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 […]
According to a list posted by Politico, the Senate left transit funding untouched in the stim bill compromise brokered yesterday. For now, it appears safe to take a break from contacting your senators about this particular point of concern. Whether it’s smart policy to trim the recovery package while the economy hemorrhages jobs is a […]