U.S. transit grants questioned as Trump plans spending surge

As President Donald Trump calls for $1 trillion of spending on roads, rail, bridges and airports, the U.S. Transportation Department is being faulted for allocating billions for infrastructure upgrades despite “high-level concerns” raised by application reviewers. The department has a documented history of loose oversight, runaway construction costs and lack of transparency. Now, the Government Accountability Office — the investigative arm of Congress — says the agency sloppily vetted $3.6 billion in grants aimed at preventing storm damage to mass-transit equipment in New York, New Jersey and four other states.

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