Grading Obama's Approach to Transportation

Was Obama's top transportation achievement his decision to name Ray LaHood as U.S. DOT secretary? That's the argument Tanya Snyder makes in evaluating the President's hits and misses regarding transportation policy.
November 4, 2012, 1pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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In addition to the selection of LaHood, who "has proven to be a genuine reformer," Snyder singles out the creation of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, establishment of the TIGER program, and modest gains in High Speed rail, for praise. 

And while his proposed $556 billion transportation bill "looked like a step in the right direction," "the administration's unwillingness to engage with Congress to find a viable revenue stream doomed [the] proposal."

"So maybe that's the story of Obama's presidency," concludes Snyder, "when it comes to transportation: big ideas, not enough follow-through."

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Published on Friday, November 2, 2012 in Streetsblog D.C.
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