President Obama has released his proposed budget, which includes $478 billion over six years for infrastructure, including a much-needed 75 percent increase in transit spending.TDM TAKEAWAYTDM deserves better than the “trickle down” funding it could receive through the transit increases in President Obama’s proposed budget.
State DOTs would also be given incentives to expand bicycling and walking options, TIGER grant funding would be increased, and bridges would have some added money for repairs.
If the budget somehow makes it through Congress, the most worrying aspect could be that the added money may be foolishly spent by still-highway-obsessed state DOTs. Also a little confounding: much of the funding would come from nothing having to do with transportation – a one-time tax on foreign corporate earnings.
And, while it’s good that some of this money may “trickle down” to transportation demand management, the reality is that TDM is not in the budget and still has a long way to go to get the funding and policy respect it deserves.
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Infographic by Lorene Kluge of DS&MG.