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Underfunded transportation? What else is new?

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on June 1, 2008 at 6:26 am |
June 1, 2008 6:26 am

Here’s a sentence guaranteed to put you to sleep:

The Urban Land Institute recently published a report, “Infrastructure 2008,” on highway and transit systems around the world.

Now that your nap’s over, let me share a forkful of broccoli from the report.

The think tank’s researchers surveyed the country’s 23 largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas, comparing how much money these regions needed for roads and rail with how much money they actually had in hand for those improvements.

New York was short about $50 per person per year for transportation. San Francisco was short $100. Denver, Tampa and San Diego were each short about $300.

Coming in dead last on the list – twice as short-handed as the second-worst, Dallas – was the central Puget Sound region. According the Urban land Institute, we’d have to pay more than $700 a year each for the highway and transit expansions we need.

Puget Sound’s transportation system the most underfunded in the country? It’s such a surprise.

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