It may seem curious that Sioux City, Iowa, a small metropolitan area with only 121,000 people, should
have a separate index, along with the likes of New York, Chicago, Atlanta, etc. The reason is that Sioux City,
the nation's 231st largest metropolitan area has been granted a Congressional earmark to build a light rail
line. In the opinion of The Public Purpose to reserve funds for such a small urban area is absurd
and is one of the most stark indications that the federal "new starts" program that finances new rail
construction is neither a serious transport nor urban development program.