The budget document released Tuesday fleshed out his vision. It emphasizes a fix-it-first approach that would give funding priority to salvaging existing roads, bridges and transit systems rather than expanding their network.
The administration wants to invest $1.25 billion a year in the popular TIGER grant program to states and cities. It would create a new $10-billion, four-year program to address freight transportation bottlenecks that experts say impede U.S. competition in the global economy.
The White House plan would almost double funding — from $12.3 billion to $22.3 billion — for transit systems and intercity passenger rail.
In addition, the budget plan calls for spending $14 billion in discretionary funding on air, maritime, rail safety, and pipeline and hazardous material transportation activities. Key among that spending is $836 million for the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen system. NextGen, a project anticipated to revolutionize air travel, will get $186 million more from another proposed initiative.
The budget plan proposes lowering grants to large hub airports by $2.9 billion, using grant money to support smaller airports that do not benefit from airline user fees.