Changing Directions: Federal Transportation Spending in the 1990s

Source: Surface Transportation Policy Project

According to the abstract of this paper, "These reporting systems cover more than 360,000 individual transportation projects undertaken with federal funds in the 1990s. [The] major findings are: 1) In the 1990s, federal transportation spending changed for the better; 2) Some improvements on the ground [are being seen]; 3) Unfortunately, the positive trends in spending have stalled; 4) Spending is reverting to old, ineffective patterns that are not what the public wants; and 5) In many states, decision makers have been slow to innovate or respond to the public will.

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