Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Report: Cratering Budgets Stress Citys' Infrastructure
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 01:00 PM
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The Urban Land Institute is out with a look at city infrastructure across the country, and, as you can imagine, federal budget cuts, the end of stimulus funding, and a continued weak economy mean essential urban infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly, and the ability of cities to expand transit as gas prices go through the roof is in doubt.
From the report:
"States and local governments, which are already suffering from decreasing tax revenues, are also facing both the phase-out of federal stimulus funding and the likelihood of further declines in federal funding, the report says. (The federal government’s share of total public expenditures for transportation and infrastructure is about 30 percent.)
"The ramifications are significant: Infrastructure built with federal grants decades ago will not be repaired or replaced, due to the shortage of state and local maintenance and operational funding; local governments will scramble for what’s left of available federal capital project dollars; more states will reject federal capital funding, fearing future unfunded operating burdens; and transit system expansions in car-dependent metro areas will struggle to move forward. "