War on Cars Watch: Transportation For America wants Congress to prioritize maintenance, safety, and job growth in its highway bill and no more spending for new roads

A major transportation-advocacy group is asking Congress to reallocate the roughly $40 billion a year it pours into new highways, bridges, and road projects that only to make Americans more dependent on their cars while stinting alternative modes of transit.

Breaking with transportation trade groups and other advocacy organizations, Transportation For America will no longer push Congress to increase federal funding for new roads; instead the Washington, D.C.-based, group will demand that federal transportation officials prioritize the maintenance of existing roads, street design that keeps pedestrians and other users safe, and a transit system that ensures people have access to good jobs and housing, it said in a manifesto released Monday.