Obama Urges States to Spend Transpo Funds

"Use it or lose it" is the message being delivered to states by an Obama Administration eager to put people to work improving the nation's transportation infrastructure. $473 million is up for grabs, reports Alex Goldmark.

Apparently American states are sitting on more than $470 million in unspent highway earmarks from 2003-2006 appropriations. In an effort to "create jobs and help improve transportation across the country," the Obama Administration has authorized state departments of transportation "to use their unspent earmarked highway funds, some of which are nearly 10 years old, on any eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, or port project," says a White House press release.

"Funds not re-obligated within a state by the end of the year can go to other states in the 2013 fiscal year," notes Goldmark. Alabama, California, and Texas lead the nation in unspent funds, with more than $125 million unused combined. 

Full Story: Obama Tells States “Use It or Lose It” for $470 Million in Transpo Money (CHART)

Comments

Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $50.
$369 includes free shipping!