The MAP-21 transportation funding passed by Congress last June included a controversial opt-out provision. States were given leeway to eliminate already anemic “enhancements” funding and use the whole enchilada for highway spending only.
It appears the rumors about California Senator Barbara Boxer caving to Republican pressure are at least partially true: The final product of a conference committee drafting the next Federal transportation funding bill cuts spending on the Safe Routes to School program and Transportation Enhancements.
The National Journal asks their panel of transportation policy experts: Why bother with the transportation bill?
The current version of the 600 page highway spending bill from the offices of Senator Boxer and Senator Inhofe contains a “bicycle safety” provision that is anything but.