This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Sens. Murray and Schumer, among others, are offering bills to increase the amount of transit funding in the Senate version of the stimulus bill.  

While this is all well and good, if we’re going to be investing extra billions in transit during the stimulus, what I want to know is (a) is the money going to states or directly to transit agencies, and (b) is it according to existing formulas or new formulas that take into account transit-oriented development.  I’d rather wait and spend smartly six months from now than just dump money now. 

Sadly, I’m swamped with work right now and I can’t properly research the answers to these questions.