It's been a big day for health care given the US Supreme Court's ruling, but it's also a big day for transportation funding.
A transportation bill emerged from the conference committee at 4 am today. Bike/Ped advocates in the nation's capital are analyzing the contents today and will issue positions and statements tomorrow. We are hearing that the bill will be voted on either tomorrow, June 29 or Saturday, June 30.
Early observations are that the two-year funding bill cuts bike/ped funding by 60-70%. Less money is allocated to transportation overall. Complete streets funding has been eliminated. Single-occupancy vehicle lane construction will be sanctioned by the new bill.
The bill also allows states flexibility for using at least some of the transportation money for other purposes. Accordingly, bike/ped advocates must refocus efforts to persuade state and local policymakers and elected officials to dedicate the federal funds to bike/ped projects.
Transportation For America and America Bikes are expected to officially oppose the transportation bill tomorrow.