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Obama 2011 budget request: Department of Transportation

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By Ashley Halsey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 1:16 PM

Citing last year's deadly Metro crash as part of the impetus, the Obama administration on Monday proposed creation of a new federal transit safety program that would set and enforce safety standards for subway and light rail systems.

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The 2011 budget proposal sent to Congress includes $30 million to establish the program at the Federal Transit Administration.

"Recent deadly accidents in Washington, D.C., Boston and San Francisco underscore the need for common nationwide safety standards, and for federal enforcement of those standards," the budget proposal said.

Overall, estimated 2011 outlays for the Departmet of Transportation are $75.3 billion, a slight uptick from the estimated $74.6 billion for 2010.

The White House budget also proposes to target an additional $4 billion in grant money for capital transportation projects.

The guidelines specified in the Obama budget open the door to fund almost anything having to do with the movement of people from one place to another. The money could be used for projects related to highways, bridges and tunnels: for transit and commuter rail systems; for Amtrak and freight rail; for ports and airports; and for "infrastructure that increases the environmental sustainability of the transportation network."

For the full budget, click here.


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