SAFETEA-LU extended to September 2010
The US House of Representatives passed a jobs bill yesterday that will affect transportation spending significantly – at least for the next year. First, the bill will provide $36 billion for roads and rails if signed into law as it stands currently, Second, it will extend the current transportation law, SAFETEA-LU, through September 2010. Many sustainable transportation advocates are hopeful that this extension will provide the legislators ample time to work on a comprehensive transportation legislation. The issue that it will certainly come down to is that of funding: how can the US continue funding current projects, as well as up and coming repairs, renovations, and innovations (like many of the new rail plans popping up all over the nation)?
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar will surely continue promoting his six-year, $500 billion proposal over the next several months.
What are your thoughts on the extension to 2010 of the current bill?