17 Feb '12, 4pm

Something Wicked This Way Comes: House Leadership's Three-Ring Transportation Circus

Speaking with someone outside of the bubble of national policymaking yesterday, I remembered the surreal and alarming spectacle of the past two weeks in the House of Representatives. At the beginning of last week those of us who work on transportation were sifting through hundreds of pages of proposed new law drafted by Republican Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica and his staff with little or no consultation with the other side of the aisle. It is, as I said at the time, a march of horribles, including but not limited to: A long section slashing public oversight and environmental reviews of projects, undermining a 40-year-old law enacted with bipartisan support; Elimination of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funding programs enacted over the past 20 years, including Safe Routes to School (and who could be against that?); Ramming a truck-sized ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dlovaas/something_wicke...

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