A new report on federal stimulus spending shows that money invested in public transportation projects created twice as many jobs as highway projects.
The report by the Public Interest Research Group, in conjunction with the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Smart Growth America, states that every billion dollars spent from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA) on public transportation produced 16,419 job-months, as compared to
8,781 job-months for every billion spent on highway infrastructure.
The groups -- and CTA Tattler -- are pushing the U.S. Senate to change the latest jobs bill this month to include more public transit projects. The current bill provides more than three times as much funding for highway projects.