Schumer to Offer Up Transit's $3 Billion in Senate Stimulus Bill

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will introduce a version of Representative Jerrold Nadler’s $3 billion amendment to the economic stimulus bill, reports TPM-DC.

If the amendment passes, as it is likely to do in the Democratically-controlled chamber, the amendment would provide $1.5 billion more for New Start and Small Start projects and $1.5 billion more for formula grants to transit, adding $1 billion and $6 billion respectively to the numbers proposed in the original draft of the

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Envisioning a Future Interstate Rail Network

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This is the first piece on a national rail network. The second, revised version is here.

A public-works precedent

On June 29th, 1956, the creation of a 41,000-mile U.S. Interstate Highway System was authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act. Today, the system of grade-separated, high-speed highway corridors extends across more than 47,000 miles of the national landscape. For a large percentage of Americans, the Interstates have come to define daily life. Largely because of the Interstates, travel within metropolitan areas and between cities is effected primarily by automobile.

In an age of increased environmental consciousness and in an era in which more and more people desire an alternative to the car for commutes long and short, it is time for the Interstate’s heir. That successor must be a system of interconnected high-speed and standard-speed railways. the transport politic’s vision for such a network is presented

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Not on Amtrak's Side

The following Congressmen voted for the Flake Amendment, which would have shut off all funding for Amtrak in the stimulus bill. It fortunately failed, 116-320.

Todd Akin (R-MO 2)
Steve Austria (R-OH 7)
Michele Bachmann (R-MN 6)
Gresham Barrett (R-SC 3)
Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD 6)
Joe Barton (R-TX 6)
Judy Biggert (R-IL 13)
Brian Bilbray (R-CA 50)
Gus Bilirakis (R-FL 9)
Rob Bishop (R-UT 1)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 7)
Roy Blunt (R-MO 7)
John Boehner (R-OH 8)
Mary Bono Mack (R-CA 45)
Charles Boustany (R-LA 7)
Kevin Brady (R-TX 8)
Paul Broun (R-GA 10)
Michael Burgess (R-TX 26)
Dan Burton (R- IN 5)
Steve Buyer (R-IN 4)
Ken Calvert (R-CA 43)
David Lee Camp (R-MI 4)
John Campbell (R-CA 48)
Eric Cantor (R-VA 7)
Joseph Cao (R-LA 2)
John Carter (R-TX 31)
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT 3)
Howard Coble (R-NC 6)
Mike Coffman (R-CO 6)
Mike Conaway (R-TX 11)
John Culberson (R-TX 7)
Geoff Davis (R-KY 4)
Nathan Deal (R-GA 9)
David Dreier (R-CA 26)
John Duncan (R-TN 2)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ 6)
John Fleming (R-LA 4)
Randy Forbes (R-VA 4)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC 5)
Trent Franks (R-AZ 2)
Elton Gallegly (R-CA

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Intercity Rail in Texas, Ohio; Changes to Honolulu's Rail Plan

Ohio’s Governor Ted Strickland prioritizes new “3-C” rail connection between Cincinnati and Cleveland, through Columbus

In yesterday’s State of the State address, Governor Ted Strickland (D) announced that he’d be working towards the development of a new rail corridor – the 3C – between Cincinnati and Cleveland, via Dayton and Columbus, connecting the states’ four largest metropolitan areas and implementing the first phase 0f the Ohio Hub plan.

This will be the first time in forty years that Ohio’s major cities have been connected by rail – and will mark the first rail service for Columbus, the state capital, in decades. According to the Toledo Blade, however, residents of the state’s fifth largest metro area were a bit dismayed by the lack of proposed service for Toledo. On the other hand, the Ohio Hub’s second phase proposes improving the existing train line between Cleveland and Chicago, which would

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Breaking: House Approves Nadler, Oberstar, Shuster Amendments for Stimulus Package

Fantastic news for transit advocates… but Senate action is still necessary

Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) proposed an amendment that would increase funds for transit by $3 billion; we discussed it last night. $1.5 billion of the funds would go to New Starts; the rest would go to formula transit funds. Representative John Mica (R-FL), ranking member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, came out very seriously in favor of the amendment, saying that infrastructure projects are expensive, that they need funding, and that this is simply a small percentage of what is needed. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) said he reluctantly opposed the amendment, because of the size of the bill in general, and his concerns about increasing it.

The amendment passed on a voice vote, with no audible “nays.”

This is excellent news for transit advocates, who have been asking for a significant increase in transit funds from the limited amount provided

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