Massachusetts is a clear leader among all states in appropriately spending federal stimulus money on shovel-ready projects that preserve our roads and bridges, invest in public transportation, and advance bike and pedestrian alternatives, according to a report released today by public interest advocacy group MASSPIRG.
The report entitled “Massachusetts and the Stimulus: An Appraisal of Transportation Spending,” highlights the discretionary portion of ARRA spending in the first 120 days since the stimulus money was sent to states.
Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, Jr. joined MASSPIRG officials along with transportation advocates in announcing the results of the report and received a "report card" from MASSPIRG with an A- grade for Commonwealth stimulus spending efforts.
“The Commonwealth should be commended for focusing on projects that invest in public transportation and fix our roads and bridges," said Lizzi Weyant, staff attorney for MASSPIRG. "These priorities will go a long way towards meeting the goals of the stimulus and can be directly connected to job creation.”
The report shows Massachusetts committed 75 percent of the discretionary stimulus money to repairing and restoring our highways instead of creating more highway miles. The state committed 19 percent of its overall stimulus spending to projects that support public transportation and advance bike and pedestrian options, the third highest in the country.
View the Mass Transportation Recovery and Reinvestment Act web site, including interactive map of projects, here.