by Emily Goff
The Heritage Foundation
May 02, 2014
Congress is preoccupied with how to pay for the federal highway program, due for reauthorization this year, because the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) that pays for it is projected to run short of cash this summer. Culling the program of its myriad local activities and those that have no relation to improving or maintaining the interstate system of highways and bridges should be Congress’s first priority. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)—which pays for bicycle and walking paths, historic preservation, archaeology, and similarly local activities—can be the first to go. Ending TAP would free valuable federal highway money that states could redeploy to highway and bridge projects that alleviate traffic congestion and benefit the motorists, bus operators, and truckers who pay federal gas taxes in the first place.



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