The NJ League and the National League of Cities (NLC) support the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act (S. 1098) introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). This bipartisan bill improves on the highly successful Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the primary federal funding program for bikeways and sidewalks to reduce traffic congestion, provide children with safe routes to school, and give communities more affordable transportation options. S.1098 also energizes the TAP program with common sense reforms: TAP will be able to grow if transportation investment grows, it improves local control to complete projects, and it provides communities with access to project support by both their state and non-profits.
As Congress moves to reauthorize the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act transportation bill this year, we support strong increases to multimodal and collaborative programs like TAP, which provided $850 million to recipients in 2019. To keep reading and find out more about what this bill means for your community, view NLC’s CitiesSpeak blog on the topic.
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