Stimulus Update: Senate Compromise Unlikely to Raid Transit Funds

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 different matter.

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Urgent Action: Billions for Transit in Jeopardy

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A Senate amendment full of spending cuts would strip $3.4 billion in transit funding from the stimulus package, Greg Sargent reports. One of the few areas that might get a spending increase in the amendment is highways. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Ben Nelson, is seen as a bipartisan compromise that […]
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Sneak Preview: 2013 in Transit

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Bus rapid transit projects in Austin, Tampa, and the Twin Cities. Streetcars in St. Louis, New Orleans, and Detroit. Those are just a few of the transit projects beginning construction or entering service in 2013, which looks to be a pretty good year for transit expansion in the U.S., says Yonah Freemark at the Transport […]
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Transit Riders Keep Same Tax Benefits As Drivers

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President Obama is about to sign the controversial tax-cut compromise into law, now that the House and Senate have both voted in favor of the bill. That means the transit benefit extension, hidden inside the $858 billion package, will become law as well. Nearly four years ago, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced a measure to […]

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U.S. Transit Ridership Hit 50-Year High in 2008 (NYT) MTA Rescue Bill May Surface in Albany Today (News) Five Senate Dems Oppose Bridge Tolls (Post) News: Malcolm Smith Needs to Take a Stand for Straphangers The Political Rationale Behind Shelly’s Bridge Toll Compromise (News) With Biking on the Rise, How Should Cyclists Use the Road? […]