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September 3, 2009

ROAD HOGS MISLED ABOUT HOW 'SHOVEL READY' THEY WERE

Elana Schor, Streets Blog - During debate over the White House's $787 billion economic stimulus law, transit advocates watched as their projects were shortchanged and more "shovel-ready" road projects got the lion's share of the transport pot -- about $8.4 billion, compared with $26.5 billion for highways and bridges. But transit money is getting put to use on the state level just as quickly as highway money, according to state-level stimulus data released Wednesday by the House transportation committee.

Across the 50 states, 5 percent of transit stimulus money has been spent (as opposed to allocated for for future projects), according to a Streetsblog Capitol Hill analysis of the House data. Just 3 percent of road stimulus money has gone out the door. . . Sixty percent of stimulus dollars for roads have started to move through the contracting process, according to Wednesday's House data, while 57 percent of transit stimulus money is already "out to bid."

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