“the first-ever dedicated federal initiative to unify neighborhoods living with the impacts of past infrastructure choices that divided them”
Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is launching a new billion dollar program to address racial equity in roads.
This is just another example of how for Democrats, the far left’s social justice agenda comes first in everything.
In the same way that it is no longer good enough for the left to just teach math without first making it somehow about race or equity, Buttigieg is putting progressive politics before infrastructure.
The Associated Press reports:
Buttigieg launches $1B pilot to build racial equity in roads
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday launched a $1 billion first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at helping reconnect cities and neighborhoods racially segregated or divided by road projects, pledging wide-ranging help to dozens of communities despite the program’s limited dollars.
Under the Reconnecting Communities program, cities and states can now apply for the federal aid over five years to rectify harm caused by roadways that were built primarily through lower-income, Black communities after the 1950s creation of the interstate highway system.
New projects could include rapid bus transit lines to link disadvantaged neighborhoods to jobs; caps built on top of highways featuring green spaces, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways to allow for safe crossings over the roadways; repurposing former rail lines; and partial removal of highways.
Still, the grants, being made available under President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, are considerably less than the $20 billion the Democratic president originally envisioned. Advocacy groups say the money isn’t nearly enough to have a major impact on capital construction for more than 50 citizen-led efforts nationwide aimed at dismantling or redesigning highways — from Portland, Oregon, to New Orleans; St. Paul, Minnesota; Houston; Tampa, Florida; and Syracuse, New York.
The FOX Business Network has more, including comments from Buttigieg:
Created under President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the department said that reconnecting a community could entail adapting existing infrastructure or devising better means of access.
For example, the city of Birmingham, Alabama, will soon launch a new bus rapid transit service called Birmingham Xpress.
“Transportation can connect us to jobs, services and loved ones, but we‘ve also seen countless cases around the country where a piece of infrastructure cuts off a neighborhood or a community because of how it was built,” Buttigieg said in a release. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are proud to announce the launch of Reconnecting Communities: the first-ever dedicated federal initiative to unify neighborhoods living with the impacts of past infrastructure choices that divided them.”
Now is probably a good time to remember that when Buttigieg was the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, the city was known for having a horrible pothole problem.
Now we are to believe he is going to build racial equity into America’s roads.
This administration is beyond parody.
Roads are not racist. This is dumb pandering.
The Airline industry is broken and they are blaming the FAA – which Mayor Pete is in charge of. @FAANews.
He needs to do the basics of his job and stop doing politics. https://t.co/vkLHmvN13q
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