With unemployment still in double digits nationally, Congress and the White House are putting together a "jobs bill" -- effectively a second stimulus package -- to get more people back to work. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed in February, contained $48 billion for highway, transit and rail projects, including $1.5 billion for competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants and $8 billion for high-speed rail projects.
After nine months of implementing the ARRA, what lessons have we learned that could be applied to the upcoming jobs bill? What has worked that should be continued or expanded? What hasn't worked that should be fixed or scrapped altogether? And to what extent should the legislation try to accomplish larger transportation policy goals than simply generating jobs?