Taking Politics Out Of TIFIA

“The people who pushed to have TIFIA’s selection criteria eliminated in MAP-21 set themselves up for frustration and disappointment. Discretionary programs like TIFIA are not easily controlled by congressional fiat—you can’t just flip a switch with legislative language and immediately expect agency decisions to be decoupled from the political agendas of executive-branch appointees. That’s probably even more true if USDOT thinks the House and Senate aren’t really speaking with the same voice in demanding a true “first- come, first-served” system, and when USDOT is hearing so many transit advocates hopeful that the [livability, sustianability] criteria can be reinstated in the next highway bill.”


About Bill Reinhardt

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