A real win for metropolitan areas in 2017 transportation budget | Brookings Institution


While the President Obama’s 2017 budget was a political non-starter even before its release, analysts nonetheless attempted to divine the future of federal policy from its contents.That was certainly the case for the transportation portion. What received far less attention, however, was a new program that promised to actually change how the federal government does business.

“Metropolitan regions receive insufficient funding, despite having the majority of the population, producing the majority of national GDP, and being best positioned to make investment decisions to optimize existing assets and expand multimodal travel choices.”

The 21st Century Regions Grant Program may not receive consideration on Capitol Hill this year, but the policy signal is clear. It’s time to recognize we live in a metropolitan nation.

Source: A real win for metropolitan areas in 2017 transportation budget | Brookings Institution

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