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Stimulus Package

February 7, 2011, 10am PST
A new report from Smart Growth America finds that stimulus spending on public transit produced 70% more jobs per dollar than road spending.
The Hill
February 22, 2010, 12pm PST
The short-term focus of the first year's worth of stimulus package spending could be creating long-term problem's for America's already troubled infrastructure, according to this review from the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s Blair Kamin.
Chicago Tribune
December 18, 2009, 12pm PST
A new study shows that stimulus funds spent on public transportation were a more effective job creator than stimulus funds spent on highways.
Smart Growth America blog
December 11, 2009, 12pm PST
On his blog, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood lambastes Senator Coburn for calling bike infrastructure wasteful.
Welcome to the Fast Lane: The Official Blog of the US Secretary of Transportation
November 7, 2009, 9am PST
In the name of economic stimulus, the government has invested deeply in the very business (real estate) that was driving the economy down. Does that make sense? Streetsblog's Ryan Avent reports.
November 1, 2009, 11am PST
The economy is up 3.5% in the 3rd quarter, thanks in large part to government subsidies for car and home buying. Otherwise, the impact of the stimulus has been muted, says The Washington Times.
The Washington Times
October 9, 2009, 12pm PDT
Planners from Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno met this week to discuss plans for high-speed rail between their cities, since they've been left off the map of potential corridors to be funded by the stimulus package.
The Arizona Republic
August 31, 2009, 9am PDT
The application period has opened for federal stimulus grants to fund broadband Internet access projects in underserved areas. The response has been overwhelming.
USA Today
August 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
Yonah Freemark, blogger at The Transport Politic, argues that long-distance transportation projects like high-speed rail are essential to creating a balance of intercity and intracity transit.
the transport politic
July 24, 2009, 12pm PDT
James Surowiecki argues that state governments are sabotaging the economic recovery, and simultaneously sinking the creation of a smart energy grid.
The New Yorker
July 15, 2009, 2pm PDT
Speaking today at the Center for National Policy in D.C., Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood touted the success of the ARRA stimulus package and answered questions on transportation bill reauthorization and other topics.
May 5, 2009, 1pm PDT
Japan's four major highway operators will drastically lower their tolls, thanks to a generous government economic stimulus package aimed to encourage motoring during the major holidays. The operators are preparing for the enormous traffic jams.
May 5, 2009, 8am PDT
The stimulus package is jump-starting smart grid projects, says Jay Birnbaum, Senior Vice President of CURRENT Group.
Focus Washington
April 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
That's how many projects the Obama administration claims to have launched with the stimulus money, countering detractors who argued that the funding couldn't be spent fast enough to have an impact.
The Washington Post
March 17, 2009, 2pm PDT
With a recent infusion of $44 million and hopes for more from the federal stimulus package, regional light rail is gathering momentum in Detroit. Advocates see more than mobility in the struggling city's future.
The Detroit Free Press
March 16, 2009, 8am PDT
$16.8 billion of Pres. Obama's stimulus package is allocated to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Steve Coll of the New Yorker explains where the funding is going, and what it means.
The New Yorker
March 16, 2009, 5am PDT
<em>Next American City</em>'s Jeffrey Hill reads through the federal stimulus bill to find good news for cities.
Next American City
March 14, 2009, 1pm PDT
Even as service is being cut, enormous transit projects are coming online in New York and New Jersey, including a new $9 billion tunnel into Manhattan.
USA Today
March 11, 2009, 2pm PDT
Some cities in Los Angeles were caught cutting deals to sell shares of their federal stimulus funds to the highest bidder. The MTA has put the kibosh on any money swapping.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
March 4, 2009, 7am PST
Treehugger interviews urban designer, New Urbanist, and rail advocate Andy Kunz about the stimulus package and how it will benefit high speed rail in America.