Of all the trips taken across the country, half are below three miles and most take place on local streets. Despite this, almost all federal transportation funding gets poured into highways, neglecting the infrastructure that people rely on most. Even the funds that are meant for local communities may instead be spent on projects in opposition to city goals, like car-centric, high-speed roads that divide communities instead of improving neighborhood connections.
By cobbling together local resources, many cities have begun to shift the transportation status quo towards safety and sustainability; building and redesigning streets as the vibrant, multimodal public spaces that local voters demand. But a combination of onerous administrative reviews, a lack of jurisdiction over dangerous state-controlled roads, and little to no input on state-run projects within city borders holds these efforts back. For cities to build the projects their citizens want, and deliver climate, mobility, and equity benefits on a large scale, federal transportation funding mechanisms and policy must be reshaped to support local priorities.
Join nationally-renowned city transportation leaders to hear about why the current federal transportation funding model is failing at the local level–and the ideas that can transform it to work for cities while addressing the safety, climate, equity, and economic recovery challenges of our time.
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