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Decades of research shows that expanding roads doesn’t provide lasting congestion relief. More lanes means more traffic.

LaHood demonstrates why federal Transportation Enhancements are needed

In a timely demonstration of the need for oft-threatened federal Transportation Enhancements, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood celebrated a milestone for DC-area bike commuting on his blog with the opening of a new segment the Anacostia Riverwalk. (The Transportation Enhancements program provides the largest amount of federal funding for bike and pedestrian projects.)

“The 60 miles of Riverwalk trails will allow Maryland and District residents and visitors to walk and bike along the river to popular recreation destinations,” Secretary LaHood writes, “but also to work, school, and shopping. In addition, the trails help keep pollutants out of the water, take cars off the road and make residents healthier.”

“This is a good use of federal funds,” he adds.

Active Trans and our members couldn’t agree more, and it’s why so many of us contacted our federal legislators to passionately defend federal funding for biking and walking infrastructure.

The completion of this infrastructure in a predominantly African-American area is especially salient as LaHood points out that the second highest expense for black families is transportation – after housing.

The ability to bike, walk and have safe access to reliable transit is crucial for access to jobs and freedom of mobility, but especially in communities that are tested by tough economic times.