Trump's Draft Budget: Very Bad News for Transit Planners

Transit advocates should be concerned about the cuts proposed by the Trump Administration's early budget draft.
March 16, 2017, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Trump administration has released its budget blueprint [pdf], and it’s a bloodbath for everything that’s not defense spending," writes Angie Schmitt. "In keeping with the budget’s general hostility to cities, transit would be hit especially hard."

One message is clear: if proposed transit projects didn't already have federal funding in place, they should not count on big chunks of money coming from the federal government in the future.  

Schmitt surveys other articles on the new budget as well as the tweets of leading transit commentators, like Yonah Freemark. Freemark has already completed a very long list of transit projects in line for federal funds that will have to find a new way to fund projects in the Trump budget is approved as drafted.

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Published on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Streetsblog USA
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