Over $8 billion will go to public transit in the United States. Unlike some unemployment benefits there's been on indication that anystate will refuse its share of public transit money. California is the big winner, getting over one billion dollars, American Samoa gets a paltry $340,000. Do they even have buses in Samoa?
Here's what the Department of Transportation (DOT) has to say about the agency's aims with this money and other money under the Recovery Act: "We will emphasize sustainable investment and focus our policies on the people, businesses and communities who use the transportation systems. And, we will focus on the quality of our environment. We will invest in jobs to expand transit capacity and modernize transit systems. We will invest in jobs to allow Amtrak to add and modernize cars and engines and upgrade its tracks. We will invest in jobs to expand airport capacity and make safety improvements. We will invest in jobs to build and rehabilitate and make safer roads, highways, bridges and ports. And we will invest in jobs to launch high-speed rail in America."