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WA Transit Spending: Worse than Iowa

By Erica C. Barnett June 29, 2009

Smart Growth for America dug into the numbers on state spending of transportation stimulus dollars, and found that Washington State spent just four percent of its stimulus money on bike and pedestrian access, and not one penny on transit projects.

Where did the money go? Mostly, "highway system preservation" (resurfacing, maintenance, safety, etc.; 61 percent); and "new highway capacity" (new highways and highway widening projects; 29 percent).

Although Washington's roads-related spending was about on par with other states, 14 other states spent a greater percentage of their stimulus dollars on transit, and 21 spent as much or more on bicycling and pedestrian projects. Among the states outmatching us: Delaware, which spent 12 percent of its stimulus funding on bike and ped projects and 16 percent on transit; Oregon, which spent 8 percent of its stimulus money on bike and ped projects and 9 percent on transit; and Iowa (!!), which spent 5 percent of its stimulus funding on bike and ped projects and 11 percent on transit.
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