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Obama Marks 2,000th Stimulus-Funded Transit Project

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama, along with Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (right) highlight transportation projects and infrastructure jobs created by the administration's economic stimulus plan, at DOT headquarters Monday. (Photo by Michael Reynolds/Getty)

By Michael D. Shear in The Post's 44 Blog:

President Obama today claimed an early success in the government's efforts to jolt the economy back to health, telling employees at the Department of Transportation that the stimulus bill has sparked a renaissance of transportation construction.

Obama said that the $28 billion allocated to transit projects and highways has already funded 2,000 separate projects around the country. And he said the intense competition among companies who want to work on the projects is driving down the cost to government.

"We can utter a sentence rarely heard," Obama said. "This government effort is coming in ahead of schedule and under budget."

Critics of the president's stimulus bill have argued that it will not pump money into the economy quickly enough, and have warned that too much money could be spent without proper checks, wasting taxpayer dollars.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 13, 2009; 1:28 PM ET
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