Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is the Metro Editor for WNYC News. She has previously served as Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Ok, let's remember that this is not a budget -- or that it's not a budget, only. It's a political document, in a campaign year, that is designed to press forward President Obama's case that he is on the side hard-working Americans, not the 1 %
Having said that, the transportation portion (pdf) is remarkable in its consistency -- you'd never know the drubbing President Obama took last year on high speed rail and the jobs act.
*Like last year, the President wants a half-trillion dollar, six-year transportation bill. (It's broken out slightly differently, but with $476 for a transportation bill and $50 billion in immediate investments -- a.k.a the jobs bill -- its almost the same as last years $550 billion proposal.)
*Like last year, the President wants to spend about $50 billion on high speed rail, despite a drubbing in Congress in 2011.
*There's no backing down on TIGER grants and "streets that accommodate pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access."
More soon, after Transpo Secretary Ray LaHood's conference call.