Future of next transportation bill still uncertain

The extension of the current federal surface transportation bill is slated to expire on September 30. As Congress will primarily be focused on spending cuts related to the debt limit deal, it is unclear what will happen.  In August, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a short outline of a two-year transportation bill at current funding levels.  The bill, called Moving Ahead for the 21st Century (MAP-21), does not mention bicycling and walking, but Chairman Boxer (D-CA) has indicated that Safe Routes to School, bike paths and recreational trails are included. The House has done nothing further on their version of the transportation bill since July.  Continue to let your Representative and Senators Gillibrand and Schumer know how much programs like Recreational Trails, Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality have added to the quality of life and health of the residents of your community.

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