The Recovery Act at One Year: A Jobs Analysis

cover-what-we-learned-from-stimulusThrough the end of 2009, investments by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in public transportation have created almost twice as many jobs per dollar as investments in highways – and the advantage is growing.

The most recent data from states, made available by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, shows that every billion dollars spent on public transportation produced 19,299 job-months, compared to 10,493 job-months for every billion spent on highway infrastructure. Public transportation projects create more jobs than road projects because they spend less money on land and more on labor, and because projects are often more complex, whether laying track or manufacturing vehicles.

The new data confirms the findings announced in “What We Learned From the Stimulus,” a report CNT, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), and Smart Growth America (SGA) co-released earlier this year. And the newest data, released by the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on February 9, 2010, shows public transportation’s job-production performance advantage widening.

“Shifting as much of our transportation spending to the most job-intensive activities as we can is essential,” said the CNT’s Scott Bernstein. “The Senate should pass companion legislation to the House’s Jobs for Main Street bill, and make it effective by giving transit spending parity with highways.”

Read more in the full press release.