TRANSPORTATION ISSUES DAILY
Written by: Larry Ehl
Federal agencies will soon begin drafting their 2013 budgets. Last week they were directed by the White House to prepare a 5% cut and a 10% cut budget for their 2013 discretionary funding request, using the 2011 budget as a baseline.
What might this mean for transportation?
2013 five-percent scenario: $12.16 billlion
2013 ten-percent scenario: $12.47 billion
2012 discretionary budget level: (not yet enacted)
2011 discretionary budget level: $13.8 billion
2010 discretionary budget level: $21.3 billion
Jeff Davis of Transportation Weekly notes “the 2011 level contained no money for high-speed rail and no money for a national infrastructure bank. So it is hard to see how a vigorous HSR or I-Bank program can be funded in 2013 out of the discretionary budget at a total USDOT funding level that is five percent below 2011.
Meanwhile, the cost of some construction materials is increasing, meaning transportation dollars won’t stretch as far.
How would further transportation budget cuts impact your organization?
“I’m Larry Ehl, founder and publisher of Transportation Issues Daily (TID). Let me tell you why I decided to launch TID, and why I believe it will be an invaluable tool for transportation stakeholders.
After more than two decades as a government-affairs and transportation professional – for much of the past 8 years as Federal Relations Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – in 2009 I started what became a nationally recognized blog on federal transportation issues.
My goal was to keep interested parties up to date on the sometimes-chaotic, mystifying, and always-changing state of affairs around federal transportation issues and funding.”