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Thursday, August 07 2014
Under federal rules, TxDOT can move up to half the funds from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) into a general fund, moving away $70 million every two years that is targeted by Congress for biking and walking. It may seem like a good idea to put more money toward our highway system, but $70 million over two years would only buy a few miles of highway at best. That same amount could build amazing biking and walking facilities, because a biking and walking network is only a fraction of the cost of building or rebuilding a highway.
See the proposed new rules here. In addition, there are changes to the rules for funding apportionment in Category 9, which covers TAP (and formerly covered Transportation Enhancements).
It's well documented that giving people protected networks for biking and walking is good for public health, the economy, and the overall livability of a community. Texas needs these TAP funds to be spent where they are intended and where they can do the most good: building an active transportation network across our great state. Texas should be setting an example for the rest of the nation in how to do transportation right, instead of falling behind.
Thank you for speaking out to make Texas a great place to bike and walk.