Community Transportation Choices


The Clinton-Gore Administration is proposing a record $9.1 billion to help ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution – a $1.1 billion increase over last year’s funding level. This item includes $6.3 billion for mass transit, $1.6 billion for congestion relief and air quality improvement, $719 million for community transportation enhancements, $468 million for an Expanded Passenger Rail Fund, and $52 million for a Transportation and Community and System Preservation pilot program. The funding will reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by enhancing transit services and supporting other transportation alternatives, such as high-occupancy vehicle lanes, ridesharing, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and cleaner fuels fleets. The funding will also promote more sustainable community development by encouraging states and localities to coordinate land use plans and transportation alternatives.

As communities grow further out and commuting distances increase, more and more Americans find themselves sitting in traffic when they'd rather be home with their families. By one estimate, Americans waste half a billion hours a year struck in traffic. DOT calculates that 41 percent of peak-hour travel time is under congested conditions.

On June 9, 1998, President Clinton signed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). At the Administration's urging, this historic legislation continues to provide communities the flexibility to transfer funds from highway construction to public transit, and provides significant funding increases for several programs to help communities and commuters overcome traffic congestion. To aggressively implement these transportation priorities, the President's FY 2001 budget proposes:

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