The Value of Transportation Enhancements; Or, Are Walking and Cycling Really Transportation?
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An important current policy debate concerns whether the next U.S. federal surface transportation reauthorization should require spending on “enhancements,” which finance projects such as bike paths, walkways, highway landscaping and historic preservation. This issue receives considerable attention, despite the fact that enhancements represent less than 2% of total federal surface transportation expenditures, because it raises questions about future transport priorities, in particular, the role non-motorized modes should play, and how funds should be allocated. In other words, should federal policy treat non-motorized modes as real transportation. read more