Boon - Or Boondoggle?

To Republican Congressman Robert Walker, the $88 billion highway bill is filled with "page after page of pork-barrel projects." But to drivers stuck on Boston's "distressway," inching along Illinois 121 toward Peoria, or stewing in traffic in hundreds of other communities, funds for new roads, bridges and tunnels cannot come soon enough. Some of the most urgent -- and the most questionable:

Los Angeles: Metro Rail. Planned as the area's first rapid-transit system since the "red car" rail network was scrapped in the 1960s, the 20-mile, $4.5 billion subway is nonetheless considered extravagant. Construction began last fall on the first, 4.4-mile...

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