On Friday, President Obama signed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 to keep federal transportation dollars flowing to the states for the next seven months. The House voted 421 – 4 for the extension on Wednesday and the Senate passed it by voice vote without debate Thursday afternoon. The quick pace was brought about because the previous extension was set to expire at midnight on Friday, which would have halted transportation construction projects across the country.
The extension gives states added security and the confidence to continue their current projects knowing that funding will continue. ”For bicycling advocates, the extension means we are one step closer to having certainty about future of programs that fund bicycle and pedestrian projects,” said League President Andy Clarke.