State DOTs Make Deeper Bike-Ped Budget Cuts Than Expected

netrail
The MoPac East Trail in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska cut more than two years' worth of transportation enhancements funding, the most anywhere. ##http://nebraskatrails.tripod.com/##Nebraska Recreational Trails##

We reported recently that the federal government was demanding $2.2 billion back from state DOTs in rescissions — money that was already allocated to states that they were then asked to give back. Bike and pedestrian advocates were worried that states would disproportionately target active transportation projects for cuts, instead of carving into car-centric programs. They were right.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy analyzed the rescissions that were made and discovered that more than 25 percent of the cuts came from Transportation Enhancements, the nation’s largest source of funding for walking and bicycling projects. That’s almost $580 million – about eight months’ worth of TE funding.

Nebraska led the pack, with 38 percent of its cuts coming from the TE budget. Texas was next with 31 percent; Nevada 27 percent. Not all states cut bike and ped projects disproportionately. Nine states and the District of Columbia didn’t cut anything at all from their TE budgets.

Check out RTC’s state-by-state analysis to see how your state did [PDF].

  • dave

    how did some states rescind more from TE than had been allocated to begin with?

  • James

    It looks like the “TE as a % of total rescinded” is the portion of the rescinded money than came from the TE program, whereas the “TE as a % of total apportioned” is what % of the entire Federal funds went to the TE program.

    So California put 2.2% towards the TE program, and 43% of the funds that were taken back were pulled from the TE program.

  • archie

    But looking at pure dollar figures, some states (California, for example) have a higher rescinded TE dollar figure than the apportioned TE dollar figure. What gives?

  • jessica

    In seriously troubling out in California, for example, the state gave back $88 million in TE funding. While TE was only 2% of what the state had in funding, it was 43% of what they returned – grossly disproportionate.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Given a Choice, NJ and PA Sacrifice Bike-Ped Funding

|
Last week, Tanya reported that many states have disproportionately raided their bicycle and pedestrian funds to pay for $2.2 billion rescinded by the feds. Today the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia brings us an example of two guilty states. New Jersey and Pennsylvania hewed to the tendency among state DOTs to target Transportation Enhancements funds, […]

Given a Choice, NJ and PA Sacrifice Bike-Ped Funding

|
Last week, Tanya reported that many states have disproportionately raided their bicycle and pedestrian funds to pay for $2.2 billion rescinded by the feds. Today the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia brings us an example of two guilty states. New Jersey and Pennsylvania hewed to the tendency among state DOTs to target Transportation Enhancements funds, […]

How States Are Adapting to MAP-21’s Changes to Bike/Ped Funding

|
The current transportation law dealt a few hard knocks to bicycling and walking programs. One big one was the restructuring of the Transportation Enhancements program into something called Transportation Alternatives, which has to fund more types of projects with less money. The idea is that each state’s TA money will get split in half. Fifty […]