Key points from the NYT article.
55,000 Transportation Department employees
Transportation Department budget around $87 Billion
Highways and Public Transit budget around $47 Billion
Large chunks of the department’s budget is controlled by funding formulas set by Congress.
The article was more about politics than it was about building specific projects, giving excuses on why Buttigieg may not be able to make all the changes they want him to make.
Another fine example of NYT bias in reporting the news, giving shade to their favored Democrats.
The reason why the last stimulus seemed so wasted was because of those existing funding formulas Congress has set up over the centuries. Hoping the new Congress will be willing to give this new administration a freer hand in distributing the money is not going to happen. Congress likes its' powers of distributing the money, they are not going to give it away.
Look at all the loopholes Trump's administration had to jump through to find funding for his wall, or should I say fence. Biden will have to use the same tactics to get his pet projects done as well.