Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 14:43:48 PM CST
|With the Alabama Legislature considering a billion dollar transportation bill sometimes called a Highway Plan, sometimes a Jobs or Stimulus Plan because it could produce as many as 27,000 jobs, this study fromSmart Growth America ought to be required reading for legislators.|
The data tell us that every billion dollars in public transportation investments made as of October 31 2009 produced roughly an additional 8,000 job-months compared to highway projects. ARRA transportation funds have so far gone disproportionately to highways. If the total road + public transportation funding in the just-passed House jobs bill were invested equally in public transportation and highways, the same outlay would produce 71,415 additional job-months, equivalent to year-round employment for 5,951 additional people.A billion dollars spent on public transportation projects created almost twice as many jobs as a billion spent on road and bridge projects, and public transportation keeps giving to the economy long after the shovels are put away.
... every billion dollars spent on public transportation produced 16,419 job-months, while the same amount spent on highway infrastructure projects produced 8,781 job-months.