Feds may cut local bridge, road and mass transit funding - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Feds may cut local bridge, road and mass transit funding

Posted: Updated:

A number of road and bridge projects around Northwest Ohio could be in danger if Congress doesn't pass a federal highway bill soon. That's according to Senator Sherrod Brown who was in town Friday to talk about his concerns.  The Senator used the Anthony Wayne bridge project as a backdrop. The project is not in danger of being stopped but Brown says it could be delayed if a highway bill is not extended soon.

And it's not just roads and bridges that will be affected. A part of TARTA's budget comes from the transportation bill. Carly Allen is with the union that represents TARTA drivers and mechanics,"Sometimes national problems seem far away, but this one is right in our yard." Mass transit is funded in part by federal dollars through the transportation bill, "20% of TARTA's annual operating budget comes from the federal government and without the federal money we will have to cut service at a time when demand for our service is growing." Allen says more than routes could eventually be cut, "It could ultimately mean layoffs, it's a bad word to say but it's the reality of it."

Many highway and bridge projects here in Northwest Ohio also receive federal funding. Senator Brown says some of those projects could be delayed if a transportation bill isn't passed, "We used to lead the world in infrastructure. The world had never seen anything like it. We cannot afford to see a job creating venture fail because of Congress' lack of action ."

If a bill is not in place the federal government will be forced to start cutting the money that goes to states late this summer. Some of the money that funds the highway bill comes from a gas tax. Lucas County Engineer Keith Earley says it is time for the tax to be increased,"Most people think that with rising gas prices revenue goes up, it does not. The gas tax revenue is the same as it was 20 years ago and we can only do half as much with that money today as we could 20 years ago."

Brown is calling for a bi partisan approach to fix the problem with a long term bill and he says that bill may need to include a federal gas tax increase, "I am willing to consider a number of revenue options including that, but I would have to make sure the low to moderate income working families and individuals of our country would not be hit too hard. They would have to get some other break." 

Ohio receives about 1.5 billion from the federal highway trust fund every year. Senator Brown is hoping to avoid a short term fix. He'd like to see a 5-6 year transportation bill.
He says a vote could come in a matter of weeks. The current bill expires September 30th.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Toledo police investigate shooting

    Toledo police investigate shooting

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:47 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:47:20 GMT
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
  • Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:20:36 GMT
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
  • Body of missing BGSU grad found in landfill

    Body of missing BGSU grad found in landfill

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:07:26 GMT
    A young man's body was found in a landfill in Lorain County Tuesday. Sheriff's investigators say the body is that of 22-year-old Cory Barron of Fremont. The BGSU graduate was last seen Friday at a concert at Progressive Field. Investigators say he left one group of friends to meet another and then vanished. An autopsy is set for Wednesday to determine how he died.
    A young man's body was found in a landfill in Lorain County Tuesday. Sheriff's investigators say the body is that of 22-year-old Cory Barron of Fremont. The BGSU graduate was last seen Friday at a concert at Progressive Field. Investigators say he left one group of friends to meet another and then vanished. An autopsy is set for Wednesday to determine how he died.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Toledo police investigate shooting

    Toledo police investigate shooting

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:47 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:47:20 GMT
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
    Toledo police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.Police rushed to scene on Dorr Street near Detroit Avenue around 11:30 PM Tuesday night. Detectives say the victim was found lying in the street in front of the fire station. Investigators are not saying where the victim was shot or how serious his injuries are. It's also not clear if police have any suspects.
  • Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:20:36 GMT
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
  • Company issues nationwide fruit recall

    Company issues nationwide fruit recall

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:07:17 GMT
    A national recall is affecting customers who picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart. Central California company Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines and plums because of a possible listeria contamination. The affected fruit was packaged and shipped to retailers between June 1 and July 12. The company has since shut down its packing lines and sanitized the facility. They are urging anyone who has the fruit to throw it away. More information, i...
    A national recall is affecting customers who picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart. Central California company Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines and plums because of a possible listeria contamination. The affected fruit was packaged and shipped to retailers between June 1 and July 12. The company has since shut down its packing lines and sanitized the facility. They are urging anyone who has the fruit to throw it away. More information, i...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!