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Unformatted text preview: er forms of transportation. The last multiyear infrastructure law passed by Congress, the 2005 Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (known
as SAFETEA-LU), authorized $286.4 billion of federal spending on surface transportation projects through 2009—nearly 70% of which has been
spent on highways, and only 1% of which has been directed to ports, national freight gateways, and trade corridors. After that, the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided an additional $48 billion in federal stimulus dollars for transportation projects, most
of which also went to roads. There is no question that America must continue to provide adequate funding to ensure the efficiency and safety of
our highways, roads, and bridges since they will always remain an important component of our transportation network. But despite the emphasis
on our road system, we are not meeting the challenge. Congestion still predominates, especially in our metro areas, and the system has
serious safety challeng- es....
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