Kerry’s $2 billion high-speed rail provision was left intact. And while rail grants to states were down $50 million to $250 million from the House version, money for Amtrak was up $50 million to $850 million. Nothing’s final until the bill goes into conference committee, but it looks like the money for rail is going to be fine. There’s nothing ambitious or “change-ish” about the transportation aspect of the stimulus, but that’s what we’re looking toward this year’s “highway bill” for.
We’ll be sure to keep track of what happens in conference committee. You just never know.
For more info on the stimulus, and to see how transit didn’t do quite as well as intercity rail, check out the Transport Politic’s excellent article.