This excellent New York Times article sums up what was wrong with the portion of the transportation stimulus bill that was passed back in February:
Two-thirds of the country lives in large metropolitan areas, home to the nation’s worst traffic jams and some of its oldest roads and bridges. But cities and their surrounding regions are getting far less than two-thirds of federal transportation stimulus money.
According to an analysis by The New York Times of 5,274 transportation projects approved so far — the most complete look yet at how states plan to spend their stimulus money — the 100 largest metropolitan areas are getting less than half the money from the biggest pot of transportation stimulus money. In many cases, they have lost a tug of war with state lawmakers that urban advocates say could hurt the nation’s economic engine
The graphic, below the fold, specifically points out how Seattle got the short end from Olympia:
As you can see, Kitittas County, population 39,000, received 53% of what King County, population 1.8 million, received from the state. Go Olympia!