Motorists and public transit users have little to fear from impending federal budget cuts.
Most of the federal money for highways and mass transit operations comes from the Highway Trust Fund, which is exempt from the looming sequester, the mechanism that could require $85 billion in federal spending cuts this year.
However, some rail or bus expansion projects could be delayed by cuts to the Federal Transit Administration's "New Starts" program. A 7.8 percent cut would mean about $150 million from a budget of $1.9 billion a year.
"Our concern is that this is a further constraint on moving forward on projects that are important to expanding transit access all across the country," said Brian Tynan, director of government relations for American Public Transportation Association.