Study: States Lack Data To Evaluate Transportation Spending
States spent $131 billion on transportation last year. But most can't say fully whether those investments paid off.
Most states lack the ability to measure the payoff of the combined $131 billion they spent on transportation last year, according to a new study that finds states lagging when it comes to performance measurement on their transportation investments.
The conclusion is troubling: At a time when state budgets are tighter that they've been in years, leaders are ill-informed about how to best use their resources, and they lack knowledge of whether their investments are yielding adequate results.
Officials in just 13 states have suitable goals, performance measures and data to help prioritize their transportation spending, according to the study released Wednesday by the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation
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