Friday, February 20, 2009

Oh, the Places You'll Go....With a Little Stimulus Funding

Transit agencies and advocates are hopeful that some funding from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill will make its way into their cities and communities. The stimulus bill included $8.4 billion in funding for transit and $8 billion in funding for high-speed rail corridors, the latter being inserted into the bill by a specific request from President Barack Obama.

MARTA in Atlanta is hoping that more than $60 million in funds will make it their way, although the funding is likely to be used to maintain current programs rather than expand service.

The Florida High Speed Rail Authority is hopeful that some of the $8 billion in high speed rail funding will be used to begin construction on a high speed rail line from Orlanda to Tampa. The high speed rail line has been on the back burner since November 2004 when voters opposed using state taxes for the project.