Tonight: PBS on Transit, States, and the Stimulus

Streetsbloggers will want to tune in to PBS tonight for the latest installment in the Blueprint America series.  NOW will look at where all that stimulus cash is headed. Here’s the teaser:

charlotte_transit_350x466_225x300.jpg

President Barack Obama’s stimulus money is nearly out the door and on its way to the states, but will it be spent in the way it is intended?

One alarming example: Mass transit. Cities and states, strapped for money, are cutting back on mass transit even as it becomes more popular with Americans. Meanwhile, President Obama is calling for increased mass transit as a necessary step toward energy independence. Will the government’s investment dramatically revitalize our national travel infrastructure, or will states spend the money according to ‘business as usual’?

This week NOW on PBS — with Blueprint America — travels to North Carolina to see what the future holds for mass transit in these troubling financial times.

The previous NOW episode in the series was 30 minutes well spent.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

The Challenges in Getting Transit Funded

|
One of the most unusual members of the Streetsblog Network is the Santa Rosa CityBus blog, written by staffers from the municipal bus system in that Northern California city and "intended to highlight for the public some of the activities, efforts and challenges of operating a bus system in a mid-size California city." It’s a […]

The Stimulus Bill: Time to Start Following the Money

|
Now that the president has signed the stimulus bill, members of the Streetsblog Network have thrown themselves into the task of trying to figure out where all that money is going. To that end, we’re featuring Transportation for America‘s "Full Summary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009", a handy roundup of the […]

From Russia, with Transit Love

|
View of a departing Moscow subway train. All Photos: Alexander Friedman I just returned from a trip to Moscow and noticed an interesting trend. Despite the economic slowdown, which Russia is also certainly experiencing, their public transportation is not only as efficient as it’s always been, but – it keeps getting better and better.  Unlike […]

Final Stimulus Bill Slaps Transit Riders in the Face

|
The final tally is in, and we now have a breakdown for transportation funding in the stimulus bill that President Obama will sign, barring some unforeseen turn of the screw. Via Transportation for America: $29 billion for highways and bridges $8.4 billion for transit $8 billion for high-speed rail $1.3 billion for Amtrak To compare […]