When the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis recently collapsed, many looked for answers. But Robert Poole of the Reason Public Policy Institute notes that there are a major flaws in the way our transportation monies are spent on often wasteful items. Comments Poole: “I fault the current federal highway funding system for its long tradition of, and recent upward trend in, allocating money to Congress-members’ pet projects–rather than to projects that yield the most bang for the buck in addressing real transportation needs. A system that spends lavishly to build bridges to nowhere, while over 75,000 bridges are in danger of collapse and another 79,000 can’t handle today’s demand, is a system that cries out for fundamental change.”

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