We’ve talked a bit about the repeated attacks against alternative transportation infrastructure funding over the past few months. It’s the same old story: some of our elected officials are trying to save money by going after what they think is “low hanging fruit”…meanwhile, congestion in our cities increases, we’re getting fatter as a nation and our reliance on oil is cruising along unabated. “Alternative” (something other than cars) transportation improvements, whether they be mass-transit, pedestrian or cycling-based, give lots of benefits for the money. Don’t believe me? Check out this editorial from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, where the author enumerates the many benefits being experienced by a city that decided to “do the right thing” and start building bike-friendly infrastructure.
Transportation for America sent us an advisory on some upcoming business in the U.S. Senate:
As the House and Senate negotiations continue, we need you to help defend a crucial provision in the Senate bill that is under attack.
Known as the Cardin-Cochran amendment, it would help our cities and towns revitalize Main streets, improve public health, and make streets safer for everyone who uses them. It does that by giving them the ability to make choices about how transportation dollars are spent in their communities.
Many of you wrote your senators about this amendment back in February, resulting in a huge victory when it won bipartisan support and was included in the Senate bill. But it’s under attack right now and could be scrapped as the House and Senate negotiate a final transportation bill if we don’t fight for it. Today.
If this important provision isn’t included in the final transportation bill, Congress would take transportation choices away from local governments and give the state sole power over them.
Senators already recognized that they should give control and choice back to local governments to invest in the smaller projects in their communities that revitalize their communities while building out a full transportation network that is safe for everyone.
These issues are being decided this week in the conference negotiations. So please tell your Senator and representative to preserve the Cardin-Cochran provision.
Thanks for your support,
Stephen Lee Davis
Deputy Communications Director
Transportation for America
It only takes a minute to let your elected officials know how you feel about the Cardin-Cochran amendment (and improving transportation infrastructure in general). Please help keep this provision as part of the Senate bill.