GOP Transportation Bill A Derailment About To Happen

San Francisco Chronicle commentator Tom Meyer catalogs the shortcomings of the Republican-controlled House transportation bill.

Published: 19-Feb-2012

House Republicans may have set a record for how many counterproductive ideas can be stuffed into one package with their version of a $260 billion transportation bill.

What should have been a bipartisan effort to meet the challenges of the 21st century - relieving highway congestion, enhancing mass transit, protecting the environment - was hijacked by Republicans locked in a pave-and-drill mentality of the 1950s.

The bill they produced (HR7) was so over-the-top combative that it's hard to believe they were serious. It was as if they were more interested in scoring points with special interests than taking care of the people's business.


Penn Station. Amtrak ridership topped 31 million in fiscal year 2012.

The US passenger rail provider carried 31.2 million people in fiscal 2012, up 49% since 2000.


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