Citizens For Modern Transit analyzes party platforms for stands on transit, bike, ped, and multimodal funding | CMT

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The Democratic platform approved last week calls for significant increases in federal spending on roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and passenger and freight lines. The plan calls for a national infrastructure bank that provides loans and other financial assistance in order to support investments in infrastructure projects. . . .

The 2016 Republican platform approved calls for eliminating transit funding programs from the Highway Trust Fund. The platform calls out public transit as “an inherently local affair that serves only a small portion of the population, concentrated in six big cities.”

In addition, the GOP platform proposes eliminating funding for bike-share programs, sidewalk improvements, recreational trails, landscaping, historical renovations, ferry boats, the federal lands access program, scenic byways and education initiatives.

MoBikeFed comment: The good news here is that both parties are now calling for for infrastructure funding and--for the first time ever--both parties prominently discuss transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and trails funding in their national party platforms.

We have been working for years and decades, with our local, regional, statewide, and national allies to bring bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and multimodal funding to this level of national prominence--to become part of the national discussion on infrastructure and transportation.

So the fact that some platforms favor the funding and some are opposing it, is not as important as the fact that all parties consider it important enough to discuss it.

In fact, our experience with Republican elected officials at both the state and national level, is that even though a few firebrands very vocally oppose bicycle, pedestrian, and transit funding, when the rubber hits the road, a majority of the party does in fact support it--because they see the positive effects this funding has on their communities.

The League of American Bicyclists has an excellent discussion of the 2016 party platforms and their significance:

http://bikeleague.org/content/bikes-both-party-platforms

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