Transportation Policy

July 4, 1997 • Volume 7, Issue 25
Should non-highway programs get more funding?
By Mary H. Cooper


Highway interchanges in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo Credit: © 1997 PHOTODISC)
Highway interchanges in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo Credit: © 1997 PHOTODISC)

The impending expiration of the nation's$157 billion transportation legislation has plunged lawmakers into one of the most contentious issues they will face this year.The current law - the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) - receives widespread praise for giving localities a prominent role in deciding how to allocate federal transportation dollars. The emerging debate over the proposed replacement legislation focuses on how much can be spent in a time of scarce federal dollars - and how it should be spent. Highway users, including automakers and truckers, want more money for road-building and maintenance. Environmentalists, transit operators and bicyclists want to preserve the current law's funding for alternative modes of transportation as a way to relieve traffic congestion and curb suburban sprawl.

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