Majority of Stimulus Spent on Roads

States are spending the vast majority of federal stimulus money on building or repairing roads and highways, according to a new study.
July 1, 2009, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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Only about 6 percent of the money is being dedicated to transit projects. Some states -- like Connecticut, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont -- are spending all of their money on highway repairs.

"The group Smart Growth America, a city planning coalition, studied the states' reports and found that 62.9 percent of funding had gone to highway repairs, and 31.3 percent, or $6.69 billion, was dedicated to building new roads.

'Given our huge road and bridge repair backlog and inadequate public transportation system, $6.6 billion for new highway capacity just doesn't make sense,' said the coalition's president, Geoff Anderson, in a statement. 'It's like adding a new wing to your house when the roof is falling in.'"

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Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in Reuters
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