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Dec. 3, 2009
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Shape of Jobs Creation Bill Unclear Ahead of White House Summit
from The Hill
Lawmakers, prompted into action by the double-digit unemployment rate, are considering business tax credits for new hires, state fiscal aid, extended unemployment and COBRA benefits, a $600 billion transportation reauthorization bill, a "work share" program, aid to homeowners facing foreclosure and increased loans for small businesses. More
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Investment Will Put People to Work - Fix Roads, Bridges and Transit
from AASHTO News
State transportation departments have identified 9,500 highway, bridge, transit, port, rail and aviation projects worth more than $69 billion that, if funded, can be used to create hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. More
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Critics Say Roads Safer, But Danger Still Lurks
from NPR
Traffic fatalities hit a 40-year low last year, partly owing to the recession less money can mean fewer trips and safer cars. Better-designed highways also played a role in reducing those road fatalities. Safety advocates say that despite all the improvements, however, the road is still a dangerous place. More
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Senators Push to Restore Federal Highway Funds
from The Wall Street Journal
Senators from both parties are pushing to free up billions of dollars for federal highway projects, as Congress looks to infrastructure investment to combat double-digit unemployment. Federal highway funds to states could drop by an average of $1 billion a month, or 30 percent, from year-ago levels without a change in the law to fix a technicality, Transportation Department officials warned Congress. More
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Opinion: A Florida City Not Decider of U.S. 301 Project
from Tampa Bay Online
Regarding "Pasco city right to challenge pushy DOT:" The editorial is replete with assumptions and omissions that insinuate and greatly skew the underlying message - that Zephyrhills is the only entity that has the sole right to decide whether a one-way route should be constructed for U.S. 301 in the city limits. More
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Prevent Bridge Disasters
from Star Bulletin
Commuters around the country who cross bridges on their way to work were horrified two years ago when a bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi, killing 13 people. Since then, public officials have taken seriously the yearly list of bridges in need of repair, and Hawaii officials have correctly agreed to fix bridges when the economy recovers. More
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How Deadly Are Rural Roads? It Depends On Your Definition Of Rural
from NPR
Clear and convincing statistics from the National Highway Transportation Administration show 56 percent of the country's traffic fatalities take place on rural roads, even though only 23 percent of the nation's population lives in rural America. But how deadly depends on how rural the road actually turns out to be, according to further analysis of the NHTSA numbers, and NHTSA's own new numbers crunching. More
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