The programs targeted by the House for cuts are precisely the ones that cities, towns and metro regions of all sizes throughout the country are depending on to help them stay economically competitive and bring their ambitious transportation plans to fruition.
Slash the TIGER competitive grant program by 80 percent from last year’s level down to just $100 million. We’re now six rounds into the popular TIGER program, and it’s clearly inadequate to fulfill the huge demand throughout the country. The program has funded innovative projects in communities of all sizes in all 50 states — and in districts both red and blue.
Cut Amtrak’s budget by $250 million just a few weeks after the tragic Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, and at a time when ridership has never been higher.
To put TIGER funding in perspective, last year's round of grants funded about 50 local projects and cost 18 percent of what was spent widening a single Texas highway where traffic now moves slower than it did before. This is penny wise and pound foolish budgeting.
Elsewhere on the Network today: The Chicago Bike Advocate reports that skateboarding is still, in fact, a crime in large parts of Chicago. A View from the Cycle Path explains how to design road crossings to give bicyclists priority over cars: very carefully. And Biking Toronto celebrates Ontario's new tougher distracted driving laws.