Bike League Analysis: Obama Transportation Bill

With the Highway Trust Fund going bankrupt this summer and the current transportation bill set to expire in September, the Obama administration sent the GROW AMERICA Act to Congress today.

The 4-year, $302 billion proposal is an encouraging starting point for a new transportation law. Addressing equity, connectivity and local control, the bill takes promising steps toward the League’s four federal priorities for bicycling.

“The bill sets a good tone for a healthy discussion about the role of transportation in our communities,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League. “Issues such as equity, quality of life, health and climate change should be at the core of transportation policy; we should be building a transportation system that works for everyone; local government should have a stronger voice in funding decisions – and this bill moves us in that direction.”