Economic Stimulus

June 14, 2009, 5am PDT
House and Senate negotiators decided a $106 billion war bill, from which 10 percent would be granted to transit operating costs.
May 23, 2009, 11am PDT
States are hoping to use federal stimulus money to add technological advancements to their streets and highways to create "smart" roads.
April 26, 2009, 1pm PDT
The recession has been a boon for stimulus-funded infrastructure projects. But despite the work, it's not the full revamp the nation's infrastructure system needs, according to Jonathan D. Miller in this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>.
March 24, 2009, 5am PDT
The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama signed on Feb. 17 left advocates of compact and transit-oriented development practically biting their tongues.
New Urban News
March 12, 2009, 1pm PDT
Officials in Southern California cities that had hoped to trade off their share of federal stimulus funds for transportation projects to other cities have been denied by Congress, which is calling on municipalities to use the money as intended.
The New York Times
March 8, 2009, 11am PDT
The stimulus package promises to create new green jobs, but are they really the economic solution they're cracked up to be? This piece from <em>Slate</em> questions the common perception.
February 25, 2009, 12pm PST
Funding in the federal stimulus package for high speed rail has been cheered by transit advocates across the country. This opinion piece argues that in addition, funds should be taken away from the auto industry.
The Boston Globe
February 5, 2009, 1pm PST
Before officials get too excited about using stimulus money to repair the nation's infrastructure, they should carefully consider design, according to this oped.
The Orlando Sentinel
Blog post
February 3, 2009, 4pm PST

We have just published a new report, "Smart Transportation Economic Stimulation: Infrastructure Investments That Support Strategic Planning Objectives Provide True Economic Development" which discusses factors to consider when evaluating transportation economic stimulation strategies.

Todd Litman
January 23, 2009, 5am PST
As the Federal government prepares to pour massive amounts of funding into road infrastructure, James Russell sends up a warning that the 'shovel-ready' projects may just be more bridges to nowhere.
January 20, 2009, 12pm PST
John Norquist presents CNUs recommendations for improving the American Recovery and Reinvestment Economic Recovery Bill, including more funding for transit and smarter road building.
Congress for the New Urbanism
January 18, 2009, 7am PST
The first draft of the house stimulus package has been released. This piece from <em>Stateline</em> looks at its major components.
January 18, 2009, 5am PST
Officials are complaining about the first draft of the economic stimulus package, arguing that it does not dedicate enough money to transit projects and heavily favors road building.
The Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2009, 5am PST
In this column, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer calls on the Obama Administration to direct its stimulus package towards innovative technologies and "transformative" projects, not just the status quo roads and bridges of the past.
December 31, 2008, 8am PST
Obama has compared the size of the stimulus package he wants to the 1956 National Highway Act. If the states have their way, it may be just that -- a new highway bill with little left for transit.
December 19, 2008, 11am PST
In an effort to secure federal stimulus funding, cities and states are elbowing to see who can get transportation projects started the fastest.
December 18, 2008, 9am PST
Surprising many, IL Congressman Ray LaHood, a Republican, was selected to fill the transportation position in Obama's administration, presumably to show a bi-partisan approach. Transportation reauthorization and the stimulus package await LaHood.
The Wall Street Journal
Blog post
November 30, 2008, 11pm PST

Economic stimulation is an important issue these days. Let’s be smart when choosing economic stimulation strategies.

Todd Litman
November 30, 2008, 11am PST
Local and regional governments in Riverside County, California, have assembled a "Red Team" task force to mitigate the impacts of the foreclosure crisis in the fastest growing region in the state.
The Planning Report
November 16, 2008, 7am PST
Dismissed earlier in the year as a method too slow to revive the economy, infrastructure investment is now receiving renewed attention as a bailout for the country.