Federal Transportation Bill Inches Forward

With the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee clearing a bill to reauthorize the federal transportation program, prospects for a new law – the first in seven years – inches forward. The Bike League gives it a B+ for increasing local allocations under the Transportation Alternatives Program – 2% of highways investment (that’s $820 million in 2014) for safety, non-motor transportation investment and environmental improvement. Heck, just getting a bill on to the Senate will be progress. Then we’ll wait to see what the House comes up with. It may not be pretty!