New Federal Transit Rules Help Streetcars

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From the Wall Street Journal:

The Obama administration said it was revamping rules on federal transit funding to funnel more of the money to streetcars, bus routes and other projects that promote “livability…”

Among more than 80 cities that could now qualify for funding are Seattle; Cincinnati; Boise, Idaho; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.), who led the push for a federal program designed to promote transit projects.

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One thought on “New Federal Transit Rules Help Streetcars

    AikeaGuinea said:
    January 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I’m glad the Administration is going to put money toward streetcar expansions, but without changes to local zoning codes advocating (or mandating) greater density it may be all for naught.

    More encouraging is the allocation for funds for high-speed rail. I for one would love to see high-speed rail between larger cities and their airports (for example, rail linking CVG and Downtown Cincy to Lexington, Indy, Columbus, and Chicago), but the small amount of money the Transportation Department is pledging won’t come close to cutting it.

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