Stimulus Forces Consideration of Transportation Priorities
What are this society’s transportation priorities? As Twin Cities Streets for People
points out, the stimulus package is forcing governments and citizens
across the country to confront that question. We’ve got their most
recent post on the subject today on the Streetsblog Network.
Like many, the folks at TCSP are looking for signs of hope from Rep. James Oberstar’s proposal
to lengthen the time frame for stimulus projects to qualify for
funding, thereby opening the door for more transit improvements. They
also point to a recent post on the Obama administration’s transition
website, Change.gov, as a source of optimism:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also indicated that transit
would be an important part of the economic stimulus package.
and intercity rail projects will be a major component of the
president-elect’s infrastructure program,” Gibbs said, answering a
question posed on the transition’s website, (www.change.gov).
“Not only will they provide jobs to help get this economy moving again
but they will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, cut the amount of
carbon in our atmosphere, clean our air, and more importantly, improve
the quality of life for millions of Americans.”
The Transport Politic links to another encouraging video on the Change.gov site:
[It] provides us a heartening reprieve from the incessant “roads and bridges”
rhetoric of Mr. Obama himself, which seemingly precluded any interest
in alternative transportation. This clip, on the other hand, implicitly
suggests that investment in mass transit is a good alternative to the
congestion in our cities.