A state committee is
recommending cuts in funding for public transportation, bike paths, aviation
and railroad improvements in Vermont to put more money toward road and bridge
allocates $33 million annually to pave roads and $49 million to repair bridges,
but that is not keeping up with demand because many of the state’s bridges and
roads are crumbling, the Rutland Herald reported.
Transportation officials said an additional $70 million annually is needed to
maintain the state’s highway system properly. In response, lawmakers last
spring formed the Transportation Infrastructure Committee to investigate how
more money could be found.
The nine-member panel – which includes the heads of the House and Senate Transportation committees – recommended this week the state shift more of its annual $360 million
transportation budget away from other transit programs to allow more spending
on road and bridge repairs.
That means less would
go toward funding things such as rest areas, public transportation and other
The committee did not
say how much money should be reconfigured or what programs should be slashed,
instead leaving that up to the General Assembly.
reconvene at the Capitol Jan. 5, 2005, to begin talks on transportation funding
and other issues.