When transportation funding proposals are on the table, they're never just about roads. Lawmakers almost always throw in a few new bike paths or bus lines too. This is sometimes done with the real intention of improving bike/walk/transit infrastructure, but it is also often done to placate advocates for those transportation modes and persuade them to support the new funding.
What do we, as advocates for diverse and affordable transportation options beyond just roads, do in this situation? Do we tolerate or even publicly support these bills because they provide something that is good for our towns, in spite of the large percentage of funding that they allocate to new roads? Or do we oppose all funding packages like these because they waste too much money on roads and don't do enough to help with other transportation options?
We invite you to head over to our Discussion Forum to dive into this conversation today.
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