President Donald Trump’s federal budget threatens to halt construction of new bike lanes, public plazas and life-saving Vision Zero streets.
New York City just launched plans to create incredible new infrastructure to protect people walking, biking and driving. President Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for those life-saving projects. Now we need the help of New Yorkers' D.C. representatives. No horse trading with safe streets!
Tell your delegates in Washington D.C. that New York streets need funding! Senator Schumer and Gillibrand, Representative Meeks, Meng, Velazquez, Jeffries, Clarke, Nadler, Donovan, Maloney, Espaillat, Engel, Crowley and Serrano must defend biking, walking and Vision Zero and make the preservation of TIGER and other transportation funds a priority.
New York City just launched plans to create incredible new infrastructure to protect people walking, biking and driving. While road deaths are spiking drastically across the nation, with more than 40,000 fatalities last year alone, New York City is bucking the trend, in large part because of the safety measures President Trump’s proposed budget would defund. The proposed cuts would defund the federal TIGER grant program, the transit capital investment grants program (New Starts), as well as passenger rail funding.
The estimated annual cost of traffic crashes to U.S. society is almost $1 trillion. The Federal government alone pays an estimated $35 billion annually because of crashes. Investing in safety for New York City saves lives and significantly reduces future government expenses for our City, State and nation. Since 2009, the federal TIGER grant program has leveraged more than $3 of non-federal funding for every $1 of federal funding awarded to projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These projects advance life-saving measures and multi-modal transportation, while encouraging innovation and cooperation across state and municipal lines.
Please defend safe transportation and Vision Zero by preventing any defunding of the federal TIGER program and other transportation funding, including STBG (STP and TAP), New Starts and CMAQ programs.