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Motorists coming off the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge into Washington are treated to a postcard-perfect view of the U.S. Capitol. The bridge itself, however, is about as ugly as it gets: The steel underpinnings have thinned since the structure was built in 1950, and the span is pocked with rust and crumbling concrete.
The federal stimulus is the program that keeps on giving -- examples of taxpayer waste, that is.
All around the nation's capital, the use of robotic machines to dish out traffic tickets has surged. Starting next week, the District's for-profit, Arizona-based vendor will begin mailing citations to unwary motorists from an additional two dozen hiding spots.
Driving is becoming so last century.
Arlington County stands to lose $100,000 in road-maintenance funds as reimbursement — or, some would argue, punishment — for a contentious environmental lawsuit county officials filed against the state and the federal government.
The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety.
Over the past several years, the federal government has poured millions of tax dollars into digital signs that inform drivers of highway traffic conditions. These multimillion-dollar efforts are styled as "intelligent transportation systems," which is a fancy term jurisdictions use to claim they're relieving congestion when, in reality, they just tell you that you're stuck. Businesses that want to use the same technology to get the local economy moving are often told to take a hike.
The voters may not be in agreement with his policies but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to see his job-approval ratings climb.
If Congress does nothing, the cost of gasoline will drop 14 cents per gallon on Sept. 30. That not only would be a boon to consumers oppressed by hefty prices at the pump but also would go a long way toward ending one of Washington's favorite accounting gimmicks.