Transportation-based Green New Deal seeks extra $37B in federal investment (Complete Streets Watch)

Transit advocates have called for a public transportation-focused Green New Deal that would boost federal spending and prioritize maintenance over existing infrastructure projects, as agencies face dual threats of greenhouse gas emissions and the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

The joint report authored by TransitCenter, Transportation for America, Data for Progress and the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, calls for an annual investment of $50 billion, up from the current number of $13 billion. Of that, $20 billion would go toward operating assistance for transit agencies; $18 billion would be spent on maintenance and $12 billion would be used for expansion projects. The plan would also dedicate 5% of federal highway funding to Complete Streets projects and require states to create a Complete Streets program.