Transportation Spending

January 4, 2009, 7am PST
Thousands of transportation projects across the country are being temporarily halted or canceled completely due to lack of funding. More than 40 states have been forced to cut back on transportation projects.
The New York Times
November 3, 2008, 5am PST
Stimulus packages are nothing more than an "economic sugar rush", according to columnist David Brooks. He argues that the country needs to create a larger-scale transportation-based infrastructure project to really bail out the economy.
International Herald Tribune
October 10, 2008, 12pm PDT
A feasibility study released last week shows that a 141 mile transit system could be built on existing right-of-ways in the Triangle for $1 billion, a fraction of the proposed budget for transit in the region through 2035.
The News Observer
September 16, 2008, 2pm PDT
Although it is a public transit success, Metrolink was cobbled together with old freight rail lines. It was a relatively cheap and quick way of providing rail service, but its drawbacks have become obvious.
California Planning and Development Report
September 10, 2008, 5am PDT
New funds have already been allocated to public transit agencies, but unexpected increases in ridership have called for even more. The funds come as part of a new energy bill intended to reduce foreign oil dependence.
The Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2008, 11am PDT
An Albany newspaper takes a look at cycling in the Capital District: cycling is up, and advocacy groups are working to take advantage of it.
August 14, 2008, 5am PDT
Pittsburgh becomes first city in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to hire a full-time bike/pedestrian coordinator.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 29, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>At a time when highway infrastructure is already facing challenges such as the rising costs of concrete and steel, a change in driving habits is causing a major reduction in available funds.</p>
The Wall St. Journal
June 25, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Toronto's Metrolink brings together city and transportation planners to brainstorm the transit of the future.</p>
The Toronto Star
June 18, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>GOOD Magazine sends a reporter across country on Amtrak to give a riders-eye view of the system.</p>
GOOD Magazine
June 9, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Officials in Maine are considering a plan to build a cross-state superhighway.</p>
The Ellsworth American
June 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich gives his two cents about the need to expand public transit.</p>
Robert Reich's Blog
May 25, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Scooter sales are on the rise, as Americans wake up to the effect of high gas prices on their pocketbook.</p>
May 24, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>The New York Times looks across the nation and finds consumers reluctantly changing their habits to deal with rising gas prices.</p>
The New York Times
March 5, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Canada's new federal budget allocates $500 million for public transit and makes a "permanent" commitment to allocating a portion of the gas tax to municipalities for infrastructure-related spending. But is it enough?</p>
CBC News
Blog post
March 3, 2007, 4pm PST

The planned expansion of Interstate-5 in San Diego County would finally complete the Southern California metropolis. Los Angeles and Orange Counties became wall-to-wall sprawl development decades ago, erasing all traces of their rural heritage and the scenic outdoors. Northern San Diego County, with its quaint beach towns, is tenuously holding on to the last vestiges of agricultural land and breathable open space. But these areas too are rapidly developing. It is no surprise then that I-5, the only north-south route along the coast, is increasingly traffic clogged. The county’s solution? Invest $1.4 billion to expand the freeway from 8 lanes to 12 or 14 lanes along a 26-mile stretch of the north county coast.

Diana DeRubertis
Blog post
February 25, 2007, 2pm PST

In spring 2007, the Texas Transportation Institute and its partners will release the newest version of the "Mobility Report." This eagerly-awaited document will chronicle the worsening congestion in urban and suburban America. The report typically spawns a frenzy of media stories as folks eagerly peruse the ranking lists finding out just how their area did. While methodology tweaks and data issues might add a few wrinkles, no one will be surprised to see congestion worse than the prior report two years ago. Surprise, surprise!

Steven Polzin