Throughout our history, infrastructure development has underpinned every wave of economic growth—and transit should come next. But we have dramatically underinvested in transit, while allocating 95 percent of transportation funds based on political formulas instead of national priorities or local needs.
O’Malley will overhaul federal funding formulas in order to greatly expand transit investment: prioritizing funding for projects that connect areas of poverty to areas of opportunity, reduce emissions and energy consumption, lower transit costs and increase transit access, or create the most jobs. He will double competitive programs like TIGER grants and New Starts and Small Starts program that support regional and locally-directed transit projects. And he will provide more local choices by making it easier to flex highway formula funds to meet urgent transit needs.