Transportation For America has a fairly depressing list of “ten key things to know about the new transportation law”.
- Incentivizing costly new construction, making repair optional.
- Steps toward accountability for performance, but few teeth.
- A false promise of “flexibility”.
- Less money, but more local control, to make streets safer for all users.
- Continued funding of transit “New Starts” projects
- More capacity to borrow, but less to innovate.
- Transit stays in the trust fund, with more accountability for repair and safety.
- Multiple changes to environmental and citizen review, with unpredictable impact.
- For rural communities, a seat at the table and a focus on the most dangerous roads.
- Tolling for new interstate lanes and HOV sleight-of-hand, and an emphasis on public-private partnerships.
It’s not all bad, but it’s a lot of bad, and I’ll leave it to T4A to fill you in on the details.