Policymakers should allocate 25% of all federal transportation funding to competitive programs across all modes of travel as they consider overhauling federal laws, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project.

The paper, written by Donald Emerson and Jeffrey Ensor of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a planning and engineering firm, focuses on the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program. It found that despite the long application and approval process, some of its elements are worth pursuing in future legislation, such as a comprehensive evaluation process, involvement by executive and legislative branches, and incentives for local matching funds.

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