Rick Scott's transportation budget: Roads, not transit
Gov. Rick Scott will dedicate a majority of the Florida Department of Transportation's budget to roads, leaving little for transit projects and pedestrian improvements.
Scott announced Monday that FDOT will receive $9.9 billion in the "Florida First” 2016-2017 budget -- $84.87 million less than this year. The bulk of that will go to road projects. A third will be devoted to constructing highway projects.
About 6 percent of the budget will go to public transit development grants. Less than half a percent will be spent on bike and pedestrian trails.
Here are some of the highlights from the budget. The full itemized list can be found on the Florida First website.
-- $153.9 million in seaport infrastructure improvements to keep Florida First in the world for ocean cruise passengers and a major U.S. cargo gateway.
-- $237.6 million for aviation improvements to keep Florida First in airport infrastructure investments.
-- $731.9 million for scheduled repair of 48 bridges and replacement of 21 bridges to keep Florida’s bridges among the best structures in the country.
-- $963.4 million for maintenance and operation to keep Florida’s infrastructure among the best maintained in the country.
-- $574 million for public transit development grants to keep Florida’s growth in transit ridership over the last five years among the best in the country.
-- $159 million for safety initiatives to continue to improve the safety of families and visitors on our roads.
-- $46.6 million for bike and pedestrian trails to keep Florida’s trail development among the best in the country.