Sound Off Here: Cast Your Votes For the 2012 Streetsie Awards!

You’ve kept your opinions to yourself long enough, dear readers. You’ve spent the last year reading Streetsblog’s coverage of the bloopers and blunders on the way to the transportation reauthorization, the chaos of the election cycle, the innovative initiatives and the insipid things state DOTs do. Now it’s time for you to have your say.

The bests, the worsts, and some speculation for 2013 — it’s all right here. Cast your votes before 11:59 p.m. on December 26. We’ll post results the next day.

What the next transportation authorization bill must have to correct for the sins of MAP-21

  • Restoration of dedicated bike/ped funding at previous levels (or better) (17%, 15 Votes)
  • Authorization of TIGER grant program for innovative transportation projects (17%, 15 Votes)
  • Complete streets provision (17%, 15 Votes)
  • Transit tax benefits equal to commuter benefits for drivers (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Stronger performance measures (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Selection criteria for TIFIA loan program based on national goals, not first-come-first-served (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Elimination of all vestiges of equity bonus so money goes where it's needed most and isn't divided up based on a flawed form of geographic equalit (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Restoration of dedicated funding for Safe Routes to School (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Separate bridge repair program so DOTs don't pay for bridge repair out of funds that could otherwise go to bike/ped (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

MAP-21's silver lining:

  • Transit funding was preserved -- by no means a given this time around (36%, 28 Votes)
  • It could have been worse. At least there’s still some funding for Transportation Enhancements / Alternatives, and some of it is under local control (26%, 20 Votes)
  • The expansion of the TIFIA loan program, up to 9 times its previous size (19%, 15 Votes)
  • Getting any performance measures at all in the bill was a major departure and a serious accomplishment (14%, 11 Votes)
  • Projects of National and Regional Significance is a decent substitute for TIGER, and is no longer a cesspool of earmarks (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 78

Favorite celebrity endorsement of sustainable transportation:

Total Voters: 89

The most cringe-worthy egg-on-face moment for the GOP in 2012

Total Voters: 87

The most sensible path forward for high-speed rail:

  • Fully invest in the California line and make it a model of what high-speed rail can be (38%, 35 Votes)
  • Focus like a laser on the Northeast Corridor (33%, 30 Votes)
  • The Chicago-to-St. Louis Amtrak line hit 111 mph, private rail in Florida seems to be blossoming -- let a thousand flowers bloom (24%, 22 Votes)
  • Are you kidding? Congress will never give it another dime (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

MAP-21 expires in 21 months. When do you think a new bill will be enacted?

  • Three and a half years (51%, 42 Votes)
  • FIve years or more (24%, 20 Votes)
  • Two years (18%, 15 Votes)
  • 21 months (6%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

The next bill has to figure out a sustainable solution for transportation funding. What's the best option?

  • Index the gas tax to inflation (32%, 27 Votes)
  • Carbon tax (29%, 24 Votes)
  • Implement a vehicle-miles-traveled fee (26%, 22 Votes)
  • Raise the gas tax 15 cents a gallon (13%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 84

What’s causing the dip in vehicle miles traveled?

Total Voters: 87

Best reason to be wary of increased flexibility in federal transportation law for state DOTs:

Total Voters: 75

Well, maybe if they were all like these state DOTs we’d reconsider:

Total Voters: 77

Now that you’ve voted, tell your Twitter followers and Facebook friends and Google circles to do the same! And check back December 27 for the results. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday!

  • MAP-21 sins/blessings:

    I’d have put something like “Increased state/local control over funds” as an option under both.

    RE: egg-on-face GOP in 2012…

     – I wouldn’t say oil drilling for transpo + fossil fuel platforms is off the table yet. They’ll be back.

     – Not passing any bills is deemed a success by some in the GOP.

     – I’d strongly hesitate on this one- I think the Keystone XL will be back; and it’ll be built. (not saying it *should* be; I just think it will).

    Sustainable transpo funding…

    Best or most likely?  Carbon tax decent run at results but lower on likelihood  VMT arguably best combo of likelihood & results; indexing gas to inflation most likely; 15 cents less likely than indexing and least results.

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