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Transit Geekery

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This is a good step, I think:

The Obama administration more than doubled transportation spending on bicycling and walking last year as it seeks to coax Americans out of their cars, according to a Federal Highway Administration report released Wednesday.

[…] In March, Obama’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, announced a policy “sea change” that gives biking and walking projects the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal money.

Though I am sympathetic to former transportation secretary Mary Peters, who said biking paths and trails had no place in federal transportation policy.

The new policy is an extension of the Obama administration’s livability initiative, which regards the creation of alternatives to driving — buses, streetcars, trolleys and trains, as well as biking and walking — as central to solving the nation’s transportation woes.

Let’s nix streetcars and trolleys; factor in the creation of policy allowing for privately funded rail lines; and get New York City some more gosh darn (perhaps privately operated) ferries and water taxies, and I’m sold!

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Written by Elizabeth

June 17, 2010 at 11:08 am

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