Transport for America (TFA), the leading U.S. transportation lobby group, is asking the Department of Transportation to set a “road transportation” target of $20.5 billion by 2027.
This is up from the $20 billion target that TFA set in 2016.
But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $200 billion TFA is demanding for highway and bridge projects.
According to a report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the US has the highest number of road deaths in the world.
In 2017, 6.8 million people were killed on US roads, more than any other country in the Western Hemisphere.
With so many deaths, TFA has proposed to set highway and rail spending targets of $18 billion and $17 billion, respectively.
That’s an increase of $7 billion and a whopping $21 billion over the $12 billion TAA wants to set in 2020.
TFA is proposing a $20-billion “road transport” target, which it says will be more realistic than the $25-billion TAA proposes.
However, TAA is proposing that the goal be adjusted if the US achieves a higher than average crash rate of 1.7 per 100,000 vehicles.
That is, if it does not meet the 2020 target, the goal will be adjusted downward by $2 billion, or to a goal of $16 billion.
But that adjustment would have to be made before the 2020 budget is finalized.
TFA also wants to increase funding for transit, and is proposing to increase the annual amount for bus and light rail transit by $10 billion.
And if the target is not met, TTA will ask for a further $3 billion in additional funding for “road infrastructure” such as bridges, tunnels, and railroads.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Transportation Security Agency (TRA) are already proposing to spend more than $60 billion on new rail cars, and $25 billion more for new rail.
“The cost of building and operating new rail and buses is already so high that it is not possible to reach our goals in the short term,” TFA said in a statement.
“Achieving our goal would require $6 billion per year in additional transportation investments.”TFA wants to cut the cost of rail by $200 million per year, and the agency wants to eliminate the Federal Railroad Administration’s requirement that every train have a radio beacon.
That would reduce the cost by $250 million per train, the group said.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in February that the US needs to double the number of rail cars and buses per year from today.
So, for the past four years, the agency has proposed the following funding levels: $1 billion for highway, $2.2 billion for bridge, and nearly $3.6 billion for transit.
This latest proposal would add a $1.2 trillion increase in transportation funding.
As the transportation sector faces such challenges as the threat of climate change, climate change-related health crises, and other major issues, TPA and TAA are pushing hard to get the funding needed for the country’s transportation needs, including the highway and bridges.
In January, TDA President Chris Liddell said that the agency was proposing to raise $1 trillion over the next decade for transportation infrastructure.
Despite all these efforts, the White House has refused to support TFA’s $20bn-plus road transport target.
A spokesman for the White Senate said in April that the administration has not yet approved the proposal.