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More Projects and Paychecks: Transportation’s Summary of Recovery

Posted by Content Coordinator on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010


The transportation investment in stimulus is working—and in every state across the nation. More than $40 billion in highway and transit projects have been approved and are moving  forward—almost $30 billion are under contract on 16,761 different projects. More than 63,000 direct on-project jobs have been created or sustained in August as a result of the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and states have already paid out $3.2 billion in payroll.

As of August 31, 2010:

Highways and Bridges:
-Federal Highway Administration has approved 13,077 highway projects totaling $26.4 billion. Of these projects:

  • Out to bid: 12,739 projects totaling $25.5 billion
  • Signed contracts: 12,371 projects totaling $24.7 billion
  • Work underway: 11,978 projects, totaling $24.1 billion
  • Work completed: 6,154 projects, totaling $5.4 billion or 21 percent of funds

-When completed, these funds will improve 35,399 miles of highways, and 1,264 bridges

-Federal Transit Administration has awarded 1,070 grants totaling $8.8 billion
-Of the Transit Urban and Rural Formula Grants: FTA awarded $7.2 billion for 965 grants

  • Out to bid: 4,471 projects totaling $5.3 billion
  • Contracts signed: 4,400 projects totaling $5.2 billion
  • Work underway: 4,290 projects totaling $5.4 billion
  • Work completed: 2,463 projects totaling $1.4 billion

-Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grants:

  • FTA awarded 43 grants in 27 states totaling $100 million

-Under Transit New States construction:

  • FTA has awarded 11 grants totaling $743 billion

High-Speed Rail and Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Programs:

-Federal Railroad Administration has approved $585 million on eight projects

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants

-51 grants awarded for $1.5 billion
-US DOT has approved $213 million approved for 15 projects
-Construction has begun on seven projects totaling $133 million

The real story of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is about people.

It’s about the state DOT employees who worked double time to get projects out the door; it’s about the contractors who went right to work on transportation projects that will make a   ifference in their communities; it’s about the mom and pop industries, the small and large businesses, the equipment manufacturers who survived one of the worst economic times in decades all because of the $48 billion that went to fund transportation projects in the Recovery Act. This report is dedicated to them.

AASHTO gratefully acknowledges the information, state examples, and photos provided by the state departments of transportation and related associations, and the data provided by  the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration.

Transportation Construction Jobs Funded by ARRA—Breakdown by Mode

Download full report (PDF): More Projects and Paychecks

About American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
“The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is the voice for transportation and catalyst for organizational and technical excellence…AASHTO advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods.”

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