Where Are the ‘Recovery Summer’ Stimulus Projects? (The New Republic)

Where Are the ‘Recovery Summer’ Stimulus Projects? (The New Republic)

Washington Post reported on a recent White House analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That assessment found “strikingly few claims of fraud or abuse,” according to the article. Well, good!

We’ve complained before that ARRA’s welcome emphasis on transparency tilts too much toward curbing this […]

October 8th, 2010|

NCDOT: Stimulus-funded construction payroll jumps 131% (Triangle Business Journal)

NCDOT: Stimulus-funded construction payroll jumps 131% (Triangle Business Journal)

Transportation payroll funded by federal stimulus funds more than doubled in March, according to data compiled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

A total of $3.7 million in federal stimulus money was paid out to 4,740 workers in March. Those workers clocked 215,914 hours.

The payroll jumped […]

May 10th, 2010|

Transportation Secretary LaHood Tells Mayors More Federal Support Coming (US Conf of Mayors)

Transportation Secretary LaHood Tells Mayors More Federal Support Coming (US Conf of Mayors)

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told the mayors during the January 21 Plenary of The U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting that last year, he traveled to 66 cities and saw “some amazing projects that are transforming sprawling, struggling 20th century […]

February 2nd, 2010|

$520M puts fast trains on fast track (News and Observer)

$520M puts fast trains on fast track (News and Observer)

North Carolina is expected to receive $520 million today as part of $8 billion in federal economic stimulus funds President Barack Obama will distribute in 31 states to start building a national high-speed rail network.

The president touted high-speed rail in Wednesday night’s State of the Union […]

January 28th, 2010|

Money for Roads not Reducing Unemployment (Associated Press)

Money for Roads not Reducing Unemployment (Associated Press)

AP Report: No Tangible Impact on Jobless from Government Stimulus Funds for Rebuilding Roads and Bridges

Ten months into President Barack Obama’s first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, […]

January 12th, 2010|

34 Contracts Totaling More Than $107 Million Awarded for Highway Projects Across North Carolina (Press Release)

34 Contracts Totaling More Than $107 Million Awarded for Highway Projects Across North Carolina (Press Release)

Includes 13 funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that 34 contracts totaling more than $107 million have been awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, including 13 projects funded through the […]

January 4th, 2010|

Tax money spent to advertise stimulus projects (WRAL.com)

Tax money spent to advertise stimulus projects (WRAL.com)

Fayetteville, N.C. — The state Department of Transportation has spent $135,000 in taxpayer funds to install signs touting road projects paid for with more than $800 million in federal stimulus money.

Signs like one on the Fayetteville loop highway construction project near Fort Bragg aren’t directional and don’t point […]

December 23rd, 2009|

LaHood: Ban lobbyists, earmarks in second stimulus (Associated Press)

LaHood: Ban lobbyists, earmarks in second stimulus (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The latest government effort to create jobs should have the same tough restrictions on lobbyists and lawmakers’ pet projects as the $787 billion stimulus plan did, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday.

LaHood is the first official to say whether the administration wants to replicate the […]

December 14th, 2009|

States’ Use of Highway and Transit Funds and Efforts to Meet the Act’s Requirements (GAO Report)

States’ Use of Highway and Transit Funds and Efforts to Meet the Act’s Requirements (GAO Report)

Three-quarters of Recovery Act highway funds have been obligated, and reimbursements from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are increasing. As of November 16, 2009, $20.4 billion had been obligated for just over 8,800 highway projects nationwide and $4.2 billion had […]

December 11th, 2009|

Putting the Cart Before the Horse (Newsweek)

Putting the Cart Before the Horse (Newsweek)
Could a transportation-based jobs stimulus stymie infrastructure reform?

When the Interstate 35 bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul collapsed nearly two and a half years ago, killing 13 people, the unsexy issue of infrastructure maintenance seemed ready to have its political moment. The nation’s crumbling road system needed an […]

December 11th, 2009|