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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

This national stimulus package was enacted by the 111th Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the current economic downturn.  ARRA provides roughly $50 billion for transportation funding, with the ability to flex $26.6 billion to address a variety of pressing transportation needs including road and bridge repairs and investments in public transportation. 

Details of the ARRA bill and its transportation elements may be found at:

We are assisting Smart Growth America (SGA) – a coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways towns, cities, and metropolitan areas are planned and built – to work with states and cities to help shape how they spend their stimulus funds. The coalition includes many highly recognized national organizations advocating on behalf of historic preservation, the environment, farmland and open space preservation, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainable growth and transportation.

To affect state transportation spending decisions, SGA and its partner organizations advocate a greater understanding of how our country’s transportation network supports smart growth or sprawling development, and the long-term economic, environmental, and societal impacts of transportation policy decisions.  State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and local communities all have a say in how and where federal transportation dollars are spent within their jurisdictions.  Charlier Associates is assisting SGA and partners to create a closer alignment between transportation investments and an array of issues high on the public agenda — climate change, energy security, economic competitiveness, housing and community development — as a way to enhance sustainability and quality of life for all.   

Key elements of our ongoing work for this effort include:

The full report summarizing our work, The States and The Stimulus: What their Transportation Spending Tells Us about Accountability (available below), was released on June 29th. 

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