- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008


Federal spending for the nation’s highways and airways will drop from $70.3 billion in fiscal 2008 to $68.2 billion in fiscal 2009.

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said the 2009 spending plan more than doubles the Federal Aviation Administration’s investment in so-called “NextGen” technology, which she said will pay for the transformation from radar-based to satellite-based air traffic systems.

Mrs. Peters also called for using $175 million of inactive Congressional transportation earmarks for higher-priority projects.

“Instead of having our transportation dollars whittled away with hundreds of congressional earmarks, we need to direct funding to projects that have the most impact on highway performance and relief,” she said.

The transportation budget also included $475 million for Amtrak, $851 million for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and $41.5 million for the Federal Highway Administration.

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