President Biden’s recommended 2023 budget includes $16.9 billion for transit and $4.7 billion for rail, both significant boosts over the previous two years (Trains). With the previously approved infrastructure act, those totals rise to $21.1 billion and $17.9 billion, respectively (Mass Transit).
$45 billion would go toward fighting climate change, but $124 billion would go toward roads and bridges (New York Times). Transit funding is just 15 percent of the overall transportation budget (Eno Center for Transportation).
The U.S. DOT’s budget request includes funding for several specific transit projects: the Gateway tunnel between New York and New Jersey, the Second Avenue subway in New York City, J Line bus rapid transit in Seattle, a subway extension in San Jose, BRT in Memphis and San Antonio, and a light rail extension in Los Angeles. (Route Fifty)
Twenty-one states filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Biden administration’s mask mandate on airplanes and transit. (The Hill)
California Democrats gutted a Republican bill to suspend the state gas tax and substituted language imposing a new tax on price-gouging suppliers. (CalMatters)
Going against their own planning and zoning board, Miami commissioners approved an ordinance requiring developers to build more parking, with one commissioner complaining that people were parking in front of his house. Oh, the horror. (The Next Miami)
A federal judge dismissed a $30 million tribal lawsuit alleging that the Federal Highway Administration damaged Native American archaeological sites during construction of a Rhode Island highway. (Associated Press)
Extending Chicago’s Red Line could bring more development to the South Side. (Chicago Magazine)
New Census data shows that Houston commutes are getting longer. (Chronicle)
Donald Trump's first budget will reportedly follow a blueprint for extreme spending cuts laid out by the Heritage Foundation. That could spell disaster for cities, since Heritage recommends eliminating federal support for transit.
With federal transportation funding on track to run dry by May 31, Washington lawmakers are gearing up again to reset national transportation policy… or, if that doesn’t work out, to limp along indefinitely under the status quo. Today President Obama unveiled his opening bid in this process. The $478-billion, six-year plan from the White House includes many […]
The budget proposal released by President Obama yesterday fleshes out the transportation ideas put out by the White House last week and includes specific grants for transit upgrades and expansions in 2015, but many of them won’t be part of this budget unless Congress agrees to increase funding for transportation. The White House budget proposes $17.6 billion […]
A new Republican proposal would eliminate federal subsidies to Amtrak; kill New Starts, the primary federal transit funding program; and make painful cuts to dozens of other federal programs. It’s a plan by the Republican Study Committee, which is trying to keep alive House Speaker John Boehner’s campaign pledge to reduce the budget by $100 […]