The details of Rep. Jim Oberstar’s plans for the next federal transportation bill are starting to come into focus. Last Friday, The Infrastructurist ran an item about a document on the subject that has made its way into the public eye:
Oberstar has recently been circulating a “two-page handwritten outline” around the Hill, according to the BNA’s Daily Report for Executives, which obtained a copy of the document. They report the following tidbits:
The outline calls for “transit equity.” Right now the feds pay 80
percent of highway projects and 50 percent of transit projects. That
> It would create DOT agencies focused on a “national strategic plan” and on “mega-projects.”
“DOT’s 108 programs [will be consolidated] into four “major formula
programs”: critical asset preservation, highway safety improvement,
surface transportation program, and congestion mitigation
and air quality improvement.”
> The document seems to call for more transparency with transportation data.
Leaves you wanting more, doesn’t it?