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Local rail and public transit enthusiasts are in for a cold slap of reality after the historic signing of the $787 billion economic recovery plan. During Tuesday's visit to Denver with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden said the federal stimulus bill will be a big boost to mass transit in the United States, with funding impacts for commuter rail projects from Colorado to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
The battle lines drawn over a proposed toll on Interstate 70 into Colorado's high country are much more than mere Western-Slope-versus-Front-Range wrangling. The debate...