The Job Impact of Transportation Reauthorization

Source: Ethan Pollack, Issue Brief #280, June 24, 2010

From the summary:
America continues to reel from the worst recession in 75 years, with nationwide unemployment above 9% for the past 12 months. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act successfully mitigated the severity and length of the downturn, robust economic recovery, though hoped for, is far from guaranteed.

Transportation investments represent an opportunity for Congress to kick the economy into a higher gear by creating millions of well-paying jobs while simultaneously addressing the backlog of repair and maintenance in transportation that has been growing for decades. The average rush hour commuter has seen annual delays nearly triple since 1982, wasting billions of gallons of gasoline that pollute our air and threaten our national security through our dependence on foreign oil. This increased traffic congestion–along with deep cuts in transit service across the country — reduces mobility, which leads to segmented labor markets (thus hurting businesses) and exacerbated poverty.
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