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Where's Amtrak Joe When You Need Him? Mass Transit Gets the Shaft

Oberstar's proposed spending on intercity passenger rail was $3.4 billion, in addition to $1.5 billion for Amtrak. The stimulus bill released yesterday included $1.1 billion for both combined.

All those who think the stimulus should put mass transit and highways on a more equal footing -- represent, Northeast Corridor riders! -- should check out Transportation for America's petition on the issue. Their in-depth analysis of the gaps between Oberstar's ideas and yesterday's reality can be found here.