Bill Wipes Out Popular Transportation Program

Transportation appropriations bill wipes out the $600 million a year in federal funding that goes toward such transportation enhancements as walkways, bike paths, and similar improvements in fiscal year 2004.
July 29, 2003, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"A transportation appropriations bill [suggests that people] who walk and pedal in places where others might drive, are pathetically out of step with the times.Their plan is to wipe out the $600 million a year in federal funding that goes toward such transportation enhancements as walkways, bike paths, and similar improvements in fiscal year 2004. In its place, they propose boosting the highway budget to $34.1 billion, a whopping $4.8 billion more for highway projects than President Bush even bothered asking for in his 2004 budget...Other cities across the country have found that enhancements like these can help turn around blighted neighborhoods, and restore a sense of community (especially in places that have been ripped apart by road construction)."

Thanks to Michael Kelly

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Published on Monday, July 28, 2003 in St. Paul Pioneer Press
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