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Grading Obama's Approach to Transportation
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."