Keep It Moving

Keep It Moving

Millions of people and shipments pass through the Midwest every day, making it one of the nation's most important transportation hubs. But the region appears to be losing the battle against traffic congestion, air pollution, and other critical transportation problems, according to a report from the Joyce Foundation. Keep It Moving (33 pages, PDF) examines how seven Midwestern states spent $42 billion in federal transportation funding since 1991. While the money did help improve bus service, create bike paths, and repair roads in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and other major cities, the region still lags behind other areas in increasing transit ridership and improving air quality. Promising light-rail and high-speed-rail projects remain stalled for lack of funds, and traffic congestion costs the Midwest more than $10 billion annually. Produced with data from the Surface Transportation Policy Project and other transportation groups, the report aims to inform policymakers and legislators as Congress drafts a new transportation law that could appropriate more than $300 billion in spending.