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Trump’s Transit Cuts: A Good Idea That Probably Won’t Get Anywhere

Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/NewscomThe Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal yesterday. Buried between all the funding increases the White House wants for border security and the military, you’ll find some calls for cutting wasteful transportation spending. Those cuts are good ideas, and they probably won’t get anywhere.

The budget proposes a $15.6 billion discretionary budget for the Department of Transportation, a 20 percent reduction from 2017 levels. The cuts would eliminate the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, wind down the Capital Investment Grant program, and slash subsidies to long-distance Amtrak routes. The administration estimates these cuts will add up to $68.5 billion over ten years.

“What he [Trump] is trying to do is have the federal government fund federally relevant transportation projects,” says Baruch Feigenbaum, a transportation policy expert at the Reason Foundation (the nonprofit that publishes this website).

That all sounds well and good. It


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