The 2018 “road construction projects” have been making the news this week, just in time for the last gasp of winter. There was a good comment on Facebook yesterday by a reader who broke down the spending at the state’s Department of Transportation by mode, e.g. over a billion dollars for car projects and a hundred million or so for everything else. (Or something like that…)
I thought I’d look up the actual numbers, and quick found some charts from MnDOT‘s one-pagers.
Let’s take a look…
That’s the next “biennium” MnDOT budget broken up by category. You can pick through the rest of the document online here.
For comparison’s sake, here’s their 2017 actual spending, which totaled $3,420,000,000, in a different format:
[Click here to see where revenues come from.]
The point is that the vast majority of state transportation spending is on roads for cars. A lot of money each year is spent this way.