If you're wondering how T-America has such a fan-fucking-tastic transportation system, this is a significant part of how. Revenues from the field go right back into the same field, which makes it substantially -- though not wholly -- self-supporting. This means that the people who use the resources are paying for them, and that the more you use it, the better it gets. \o/ This is how they have buses that run every 5 minutes downtown, and several times a day even on the fringes, on time and with lifts. This is how they have dedicated bike lanes separated by curbs and hedges from the car lanes. This is how they can afford, on a day's notice, to put a crew on safety inspection after some yoyo crashes his zoomwagon into an overpass pier, and have the sealant patched and both roads fully operational after a couple days of work.
If you want there to be buses that everyone can actually use, safe bike lanes, and bridges that don't fall down and kill people, you have to pay for that; and this is one of the best ways of doing so. Plus it should create more construction jobs, which mostly benefit able-bodied young men, but that will feed back into the economy; and with a little luck, maybe they'll add some office jobs too. This is exactly the kind of thing I've been telling folks to watch for locally as a way of improving social and material infrastructure. Keep that money in the right budget, and then when you ask your state or your own to do something like upgrade the bus fleet or replace a bridge, they'll be able to afford it.