Transportation Tall Tales

October 30, 2011 - 9:00 AM
This undated handout photo provided by The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor shows The Coffee Pot in Bedford, Pa. It’s an outrageous tale: The federal government spends one out of every $10 in transportation aid on wasteful projects such as refurbishing a coffee pot and constructing turtle tunnels. That’s what Republican lawmakers have said repeatedly in recent weeks. But are their charges true? Not exactly. Lawmakers have exaggerated and misrepresented some projects, and occasionally their facts have been flat wrong. (AP Photo/The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor)