President Donald Trump’s $1.9 trillion transportation bill would take away from Americans’ access to public transportation and leave the nation saddled with millions of miles of new highway construction and new lanes for the country’s highways.
The budget plan also cuts the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) by nearly $2 trillion, and would eliminate federal funds for capital investments to build new public transportation lines and to pay for improvements to existing ones.
For instance, Trump’s plan would eliminate the federal investment in a new highway in the New Mexico desert, and instead fund the construction of a new freeway along the border between Arizona and New Mexico.
The highway, which was already built, would cost the U.S. taxpayer $16 billion and take 30 years to build, according to the National Review Institute, which advocates for public transit infrastructure.
But even without the highway, Trump proposes to cut $2.2 billion from the TTF and slash $3.4 billion from state and local transportation programs, including the funding for new bus and rail lines in the U and Pareto provinces, according the National Taxpayers Union.
“It’s not a good idea for taxpayers to be paying the cost of the infrastructure that we need to be able to move people and goods safely,” said John Schott, a senior fellow at the Taxpayers Alliance, a nonpartisan nonprofit tax policy organization.
“There’s a fundamental disconnect between the money that we’re spending on transportation and the amount of money that’s being spent on infrastructure.
It’s a pretty obvious case of overspending.”
For instance of the TIF, the Trump administration has proposed slashing nearly $5.6 billion from it, including nearly $500 million in cuts to the TMT, according a White House press release from June 1.
The Trump budget proposes to replace the TTM with a new Transportation Investment Trust Fund.
“In 2019, the TTT would be replaced with a Transit Investment Trust fund,” according to a summary of the proposed budget from the White House.
“The TTT is intended to provide a stable source of revenue to support critical transportation infrastructure investments.”
The TTF is the main funding source for all U.