One key thing in their summary to consider is that the bill refers to projects like theÂ Â Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot ProgramÂ as “not in the federal interest.” I’ve stated before that I believe that even reauthorized, it would be hard to imagine Minneapolis getting another core grant, versus giving that kind of money ($25 million) to another metro area to do fundamental start-up enhancements. Under the bill as we are currently aware of it, no city would be getting bupkus in that regard. (Per Streetsblog, cities get the short end of anything included in the bill, in general.)
The full bill is expected to hit the public on Tuesday, January 31. It’s pretty much a sure thing that even committee staffers won’t get a chance to really read the whole thing before the committee starts voting on it. Says something wonderful right there about the legislative process, doesn’t it?