Study Shows Public Transportation Projects Create Twice as Many Jobs as Highway Projects

Study Shows Public Transportation Projects Create Twice as Many Jobs as Highway Projects
Analysis of stimulus spending underscores opportunities for the landscape architecture profession.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology, Smart Growth America, and USPIRG recently released “What We Learned from the Stimulus,” an analysis of stimulus spending data provided by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that found transit projects created and sustained more jobs than highway projects. The report found that “in the 10 months since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama, investing in public transportation produced twice as many jobs per dollar than investing in roads.”
           
With landscape architects leading the way in planning and designing transportation corridors that include multimodal systems, ARRA projects that focus on public transportation can lead to important opportunities for the profession. The FTA New Starts program, for example, dedicates $742 million to new transit projects and extensions to existing networks. Projected to produce 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, New Starts is an opportunity for members to help shape the next generation of public transit projects across the country.


January 12, 2010
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