Monday, September 6, 2010
Since the initial details are not clear, we'll have to wait and see if this spending bill includes monies for light rail and other intra-city and intra-urban transit options.
The goals, according to the White House: “Rebuild 150,000 miles of roads — renewing our commitment to the backbone of our transportation system … . Construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail — enough to go coast to coast. ... Rehabilitate or reconstruct 150 miles of runway — while putting in place a NextGen system that will reduce travel time and delays.
If that's not the case, then it's hard to call this anything other than funding the status quo when it comes to transportation policy. And, considering how poorly the node/bypass/node model has affected urban land uses, that's unfortunate.
On the other hand, if the proposed spending plan included funds for something like this, well, that would be a welcome change:
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