Recovery.org Tracks The Stimulus Faster Than The Guys Spending It

Are you eager to know how much of the $787 billion economic recovery effort is paying for transportation projects in your home state? Odds are that you'd head to recovery.gov, the official government site for stimulus data -- but there you'd find a confusing pastiche of charts and planning documents.

recovery_gov.jpgIt's a nice logo, but is the website up-to-date? (Photo: adrants.com)

In Florida, for example, the Obama administration's stimulus site reports no money allocated so far to transit projects. But the Florida Public Transportation Association site lists several trolley and bus projects that are slated to get help under the recovery plan.

So what's going on? As the Washington Post reported yesterday, recovery.gov is getting lapped by recovery.org, a stimulus money-tracking site run by the private database company Onvia. Recovery.org has an easy-to-use search function that allows you to track projects getting money down to the county level.

As it happens, Florida's Miami-Dade County just got $70 million in formula funding for new buses that should help alleviate the pain of planned route changes. But that's not the only useful feature on the privately run site.

Recovery.org also maintains a breakdown of where each state is directing its federal recovery aid. There you'll find facts both dismaying and enlightening: Florida has so far allocated about $316 million to transit, or less than 10 percent of its $3.6 billion in total stimulus expenditures. Meanwhile, its transit ridership has been growing at a faster rate than the population.

Massachusetts, by contrast, has allocated more than 17 percent of its $1.8 billion in stimulus money, or $319.7 million, to transit. New Jersey did even better, sending more than half a billion dollars -- nearly 22 percent of its stimulus share so far -- to improve transit options.

Which other states are focusing a significant share of their early stimulus spending on transit? The full list of transit spending, courtesy of recovery.org, follows after the jump.

Alabama: $46.5 million

Alaska: $41.6 million

Arizona: $100.6 million

Arkansas: $28.4 million

California: $1.1 billion

Colorado: $103.5 million

Connecticut: $137.5 million

Delaware: $17.6 million

D.C.: $124.9 million

Florida: $316.2 million

Georgia: $143.6 million

Hawaii: $43.8 million

Idaho: $18.4 million

Illinois: $467.5 million

Indiana: $84.3 million

Iowa: $36.5 million

Kansas: $30.7 million

Kentucky: $50.3 million

Louisiana: $65.7 million

Maine: $13.3 million

Maryland: $179.3 million

Massachusetts: $319.7 million

Michigan: $135 million

Minnesota: $94.1 million

Mississippi: $25.5 million

Missouri: $85.1 million

Montana: $15.6 million

Nebraska: $23.3 million

Nevada: $49.5 million

New Hampshire: $13.2 million

New Jersey: $524.2 million

New Mexico: $27.7 million

New York: $1.2 billion

North Carolina: $103.3 million

North Dakota: $11 million

Ohio: $179.8 million

Oklahoma: $39.2 million

Oregon: $75.7 million

Pennsylvania: $343.7 million

Rhode Island: $29.6 million

South Carolina: $41.2 million

South Dakota: $11.3 million

Tennessee: $72 million

Texas: $374.5 million

Utah: $58.1 million

Vermont: $5.7 million

Virginia: $116.1 million

Washington: $179 million

West Virginia: $18.7 million

Wisconsin: $81.6 million

Wyoming: $9.3 million