Sustainable transportation being screwed on the federal transportation bill
I suppose it makes sense that if you are completely unwilling to raise the federal gasoline excise tax, which hasn't been raised in about 20 years (since 1993, and inflation adjusted the rate should be 27 cents/gallon, and it is still 18.4 cents/gallon), that the dollar requirements for the maintenance and upgrading of the current mobility system are greater than the amount raised by the gas tax currently, and if you are mostly an industry focused on road building (the Department of Transportation was created in 1967 and previously road building occurred through the "Bureau of Public Roads"), then it makes sense to eliminate requirements for biking and walking infrastructure (Streetsblog) and transit (article from Bloomberg Businessweek) from the Federal "Transportation" Legislation.
1) Will the bill get funded by oil-drilling revenue?
2) How much oversight will new highway projects get? (will there be elimination of certain environmental review requirements, which can add years to the development process)
3) Will the bill help or hurt public transportation?
4) Will bigger trucks be allowed to roam the highways?
5) Are pedestrians and cyclists getting screwed?
Bonus! 6) Is the bill big enough?
Labels: electoral politics and influence, federal policies and the city, gasoline excise taxes, government oversight, provision of public services, transportation infrastructure, transportation planning