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Posts Tagged ‘ARRA’

Fueling Road Spending with Federal Stimulus

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Figure 1: Federal Highway Grants and Spending

During the Great Recession, a surge in federal government spending was one option frequently called for as a means to sustain and stimulate the economy. Given the substantial perceived need for infrastructure improvements, many commentators argued that highways should be near the front of the line for any stimulus dollars. It is no surprise then that the 2009 fiscal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contained $48 billion in transportation funding, $27 billion specifically for roads. These funds generally took the form of grants to state governments and were in addition to the usual federal transportation grants sent to state governments every year from the national Highway Trust Fund. Thanks to ARRA, federal highway grants to states jumped nearly 75% in 2009. Still, road spending by state and local governments nationwide—which is the source of virtually all road spending in the United States—was roughly flat between 2008 and 2011.

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The Future of Passenger Rail in America

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 28  On October 19, an Amtrak passenger train hit 111 mph in a test run on a 15-mile stretch of track between Dwight and Pontiac, Illinois. It was the first tangible return from a three-year $1.5 billion program of improvements funded under the Administration’s high-speed rail initiative. The program hopes ultimately […]

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Washington, DC: Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

District Mayor Vince Gray led a community celebration to mark the completion of the $35M Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project. More than half of the funding was provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 and this project put people to work and made this busy corridor safer for the residents who […]

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Minnesota: Ridgewind Wind Farm Time Lapse

Monday, August 29th, 2011

COMMUNITY WIND DEVELOPMENT Ridgewind Wind Farm is an 11-turbine, 25-MW, community-based energy development (C-BED) project completed in December 2010 in the heart of southwestern Minnesota. Ryan worked closely with developer Project Resources Corporation (PRC), Siemens, local landowners, Frattalone Excavating, electrical subcontractor Consulting Engineering Group (CEG) and other team members to deliver this important alternative energy […]

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The End of an ARRA

Friday, August 26th, 2011
End of an ARRA


In the winter of 2009, with more than 1.4 million job losses in the first two months of the year, the federal government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law as a way to quickly inject liquidity into a stalling economy and maintain critical services that would allow individuals and communities to survive through the recession. At first glance, New York City made out pretty well. More than $7 billion in Recovery Act funds went to programs benefitting New York City residents, which was more than many entire states received.

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Rebuilding Green: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Green Economy

Monday, March 14th, 2011
FIGURE 3. What was in the Recovery Act?

The ARRA’s enactment represented a dramatic attempt to resuscitate a U.S. economy in free-fall…Two years later, the Recovery Act’s public investments have not only saved and created millions of jobs, but have also represented an unprecedented down payment on the nation’s emerging green economy. As outlined in this report, Rebuilding Green: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Green Economy, the success of that down payment makes a strong case for additional public investment in the green economy as a centerpiece of a national strategy to solve the continuing unemployment crisis.

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Recent Lessons from the Stimulus: Transportation Funding and Job Creation

Monday, February 7th, 2011
Top States / Bottom States by Repair

As part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) received $26.6 billion in transportation funds that could be spent on almost any surface transportation needs. While there were many national goals for this money, arguably the most pressing need was to save and create jobs.

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The Uncertain Future of the High-Speed Rail Program

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The Illinois Department of Transportation has reached a cooperative agreement with Union Pacific and Amtrak that will permit the release of a $1.1 billion federal high-speed rail grant to the state of Illinois to fund passenger rail improvements between Chicago and St. Louis. The agreement was proclaimed by state and federal officials as “historic” and hailed as “one giant step closer to achieving high-speed passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis.” But stripped of its rhetoric, the announcement only reveals how inadequate and cost-ineffective the Administration’s “high–speed” program is turning out to be.

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The Outlook for the Federal Transportation Program in the Next Congress

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 21, No. 32 Remarks by Kenneth Orski, Editor-Publisher of Innovation NewsBriefs before the Transportation Leaders session at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Phoenix, AZ, December 9, 2010 Broadly speaking, we can expect the changing balance of power in the next Congress to manifest itself in two ways: a strong push to […]

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The Unraveling of the High-Speed Rail Program: A News Analysis

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The future Republican House leadership is determined to retrieve whatever remains of the unspent and uncommitted stimulus (ARRA) funds. So has stated Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), the prospective House Appropriations Committee chairman, as he introduced a bill (H.R. 6403, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act”) to rescind any unobligated ARRA funds and return them to the U.S. Treasury. Even already obligated ARRA funds may be at risk. Congressional GOP aides are reported to be closely reviewing agency records to identify particular stimulus-funded projects that could still be “reasonably” halted because work on them is only beginning.

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