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Gas Tax Money to Pay for Bike Lanes, Sidewalks, Bus Shelters - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee fuel taxes and the new way a portion of your money is being spent. In addition to roads, your gas tax money will help pay for bike lanes, sidewalks and even bus shelters. About $10 million tax dollars a year over the next 3 years will go toward the Multimodal Access Fund. These are alternative projects that are intended to actually help with traffic congestion. A lot of these truck drivers are fired up over talk of fuel dollars. They don't see the need to spend their hard earned money on anything but road expansion and maintenance. We're told by the Tennessee Department of Transportation the traditional fixes for problems like this won't always work.

The idea is that improving all forms of transportation will encourage people to think about traveling and commuting without their vehicles. We're told by TDOT there is no new tax and this is not an increase. The agency believes so firmly in this program that when putting this year's budget together, those crunching the numbers made this a priority among $8 billion of other projects that requested to be funded. Though every driver would be helping to fund this program, it's the truck drivers, who buy hundreds of gallons of fuel each week, who may benefit most.

Each project would have a $1 million limit. Any funds not used in this 3-year program would go back into the agency's reserves for other projects.

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