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Thursday, July 12, 2012

States Already Licking Their Chops Over Newly “Flexible” Bike/Ped Funds


Just days after Congress passed a bill allowing states to spend funds supposedly designated for biking and walking on completely unrelated projects, transportation officials are already circling like vultures over that money.
An AP story from Covington, Kentucky on Sunday quotes several transportation officials and executives parroting the GOP line that transportation enhancements funding, as that pot of money used to be called, is used for “beautification.”
Just to refresh folks’ memory, here’s the actual breakdown of how transportation enhancement grants were spent.
The spending breakdown for Transportation Enhancements from 1992, when the program started, until the end of 2010. Source: National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
As you can see, bicycle and pedestrian projects make up 63.2 percent of the TE pie. Even if you find every single other use of TE funds frivolous, you can’t just pretend that this money doesn’t primarily go to transportation projects that are good for people’s health and the environment.

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