Even in the new Stiumulus Package, mass transit does not have much dedicated funding, and even what is available, is going to be spread out among so many different projects and cities.
PBS program NOW made its latest episode about mass transit, focusing in on Charlotte's recent experience with its new light rail line...which is conservative Republican mayor championed. That guy gets it...he understands transit, transit-oriented development, the whole thing.
The program also shows how the federal funds actually get distributed to various projects... in short, a lot of state politics is involved. No secret there.
It also comes with a whole bunch of strings attached, at least the new Stimulus Package money.
You can watch the full show here:
Stimulus Roadblock? . NOW on PBS
I'm wondering how much, if any, of the funding will come to SEPTA. I read on philly.com that it might get about $200 million. That's all?!