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Stimulus Watch: States that Spent on Public Transportation Created More Jobs

A new study says stimulus money that went toward public transportation created more jobs than money dedicated to building new roads. Go metro.


Two years after the Stimulus Act doled out $26.6 billion in flexible transportation funds to the states, a new study declares that, if job expansion was the goal, that money was best spent on public transportation and road repairs. Sponsored by Smart Growth America, an advocacy group focusing on urban encroachment on the environment, the study also claims that building new roads and bridges was the worst for job growth.

Historically, investments in public transportation have generated 31 percent more jobs per dollar than new construction of roads and bridges. However, SGA’s findings show that the payoff was even larger in Recovery Act spending, with public transportation projects producing 70 percent more jobs per dollar than road projects.

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It's Official: California's First Stretch of High-speed Rail Selected

The path to California's transportation future will run through Fresno. But it won't have trains.


The path to California's transportation future will run through Fresno.

On Tuesday, we got word that engineers at California's High-Speed Rail Authority recommended that the first stretch of track to be laid should be a 54-mile route through the Central Valley, from Borden to Fresno to Corcoran.

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California's Confusing Choice for Its First Stretch of High-Speed Rail

High-speed rail! It's the future of efficient transportation and it's coming to... a relatively rural stretch of California's Central Valley?


High-speed rail! It's the future of efficient transportation and it's coming to... a relatively rural stretch of California's Central Valley?

Back in January, the Federal government awarded California $2.25 billion, to be matched by state money, to fund the initial stages of a planned $43 billion statewide high-speed rail network.

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So Did the Stimulus Work?

A year ago, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the "stimulus bill." The bill was designed to...

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When you look at the unemployment numbers like this, it makes the Obama team look pretty bad. But when you look at them like this:

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Update: When You’re Getting High-speed Rail

As you may remember, there was $8 billion in the stimulus package for high-speed rail projects. Today, Tranportation for America provides us with...

As you may remember, there was $8 billion in the stimulus package for high-speed rail projects. Today, Tranportation for America provides us with an update: the Federal Railroad Administration has already received 278 pre-applications for that money, totaling $102 billion in aggregate. So suffice it to say there will be some disappointed would-be rail commuters.

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