Mass Transit Slighted: Searching For The "Green" In The Stimulus Package

04/17/2009 05:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Elana Schor TPMDC

We've been talking about this for a while now, but mass transit is getting woefully little attention in the economic recovery proposals released so far by Democrats.

The House's stimulus bill, which is slated for a final vote on Wednesday, included only $10 billion for rail and other public transportation projects, compared with $30 billion for roads. (According to House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN), the decision was made to leave enough room for tax cuts.)

But what about the Senate, where the second- and third-ranked leaders are blue-state mass-transit boosters Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY)? As it turns out, the upper chamber of Congress is doing even worse.

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