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DOT Budget Undermines Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Promise

March 16, 2017, Law360

Jack Schenendorf is quoted in a Law360 article regarding President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint, which would cut the Department of Transportation’s funding by 13 percent, and its effect on the promised infrastructure investment plan. “Transit systems going forward would seem to be taking a big hit, but in today’s world it’s important to have good seamless multimodal transportation, and one mode of transportation can’t solve the problems we have with congestion,” Schenendorf says. “Local transit projects, many of them run across state lines ... are essential to keeping the cities not being gridlock.” 

Commenting on the TIGER discretionary grant program, which lawmakers are expected to protect, Schenendorf says, “It’s a honey pot for the secretary of transportation to hand out to projects, many of which are kind of nice to do and things that are very local where one could question the needs on the national system.” He adds, “TIGER grants were a good way to do that at the localized level, but it’s hard to take a national discretionary program and explain why you’re funding bike paths or downtown pedestrian walkways that might not be as much in the federal interest.”


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