Chart of the Day: MN-DOT Spending by Type

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.

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.