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Senate Committee Passes Scaled Down Safe Routes Budget
Sat Nov 15, 2003
Source: Bicycle Retailer

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday approved its TEA-3 transportation bill with a Safe Routes Provision. Advocates however were disappointed with the amount of funding for the program that builds safe cycling and pedestrian routes for school kids.

The bill opens the door for a federal Safe Routes Program with a $70 million budget. Advocates had hoped for a $250 million program similar to what the House approved in its version of TEA-3.

The Senate bill also retains other programs that benefit cyclists such as the Transportation Enhancements program and the Congestion and Mitigation of Air Quality (CMAQ) programs. The bill did not include some provisions championed by cycling advocates, such as program that would mandate all new roads include accommodations for cyclists.

The bill will likely go through several modifications before it passes a full vote sometime next year.

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