Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Sept. 8

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Obama’s Infrastructure Stimulus: What We Still Need to Know (Infrastructurist)

The president’s Labor Day announcement of a $350 billion stimulus focused on transportation still has a lot of unanswered questions, namely, where is the money coming from?

Republicans Line Up to Oppose Obama’s Transportation Proposal (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)

Another issue with Obama’s transportation plan? Republicans across the board are already opposing it. According to Streetsblog, even Florida Republican John Mica, who in the past supported transportation infrastructure spending, has joined the rest of his party in criticizing the president’s plan.

Today’s musical interlude. “Osaka Loop Line” from Discovery. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the Wikipedia article on the Japanese rail line that inspired this song.

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Car Capacity Is Not Sacred (PubliCola)

The gist of this story is: investing in auto infrastructure is never going to solve traffic congestion, period. Building new roads only induces demand, which means more people will drive, which means traffic won’t change a bit. The alternative? Stop the road building and invest in alternatives, so people can choose their preferred mode of mobility.