Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Shows Bike Ped Funding Headed for Trouble
A new report from our friends at Tri-State Transportation Campaign finds Connecticut making mixed progress on prioritizing its sustainable transportation infrastructure investments. Tri-State analyzed the Connecticut's $4.26 billion 2012-2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a blueprint for transportation investments and a key tool to understanding the State’s transportation funding priorities. Click here for the full report.
The good news is that Tri-State's analysis shows that the percentage of funds going towards pedestrian and bicycle projects has increased since its last analysis. However, the bad news is that the report finds that Connecticut's bike ped projects are being paid for with a higher percentage of federal earmark funds.
That might be okay for the moment, but given that MAP-21, the current transportation law, eliminates federal earmarks, that means funding for those projects will be seriously curtailed in the near future, putting Connecticut's bike ped progress in jeopardy.
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