Based on the $250~$500 million number the State Transportation Department spokesman Lloyd Brown said the state would likely get for transportation funding from the stimulus package, I estimated that about $50~$100 billion would be spent on transportation nationwide. My sums were off: the state population is about 6.6 million, and thus 2.2% of the nation’s population. I used the numbers from our region, which is a little more than half the population of the state. Assuming the money is awarded on a proportional basis, which of course there is no gaurantee, that would mean about $12~$25 billion for transportation nationwide.
States want $176 billion from the stimulus package, $40 billion for medicare, and $136 billion for infrastructure projects. I understand that a lot of infrastructure is not transportation. Levees, water systems, flood-plain drainage systems, seawalls, and emergency systems are all “infrastructure” as well. But if $136 billion is spent, I have to guess that more than $12 or even $25 billion would go to transportation, which means I hope that something more like $1 billion could get spent here.
I’ve contacted several people in state and local governments, and I’ll work to keep you posted on this as it develops.