A program is needed that, among other things, provides local governments with the certainty required for planning and funding transportation projects.
(Published May 19, 2014)
This promises to be a critical year for federal transportation funding. The current federal surface transportation program, MAP-21, will expire on Sept. 30, 2014. Before then, the Highway Trust Fund, which funds the roads and bridges we use every day, is expected to reach a shortfall this summer.
As Congress debates how to best address these issues, the National League of Cities (NLC) and cities must be a part of the debate. Without a strong voice from local government, we risk gridlock or a transportation bill that neglects the important role local governments play in creating a strong national transportation network.
NLC is calling on Congress to pass a new surface transportation program that adequately funds our nation’s transportation needs, takes a smart approach to all forms of transportation, includes a strong role for local governments in the project selection process, and provides local governments with the certainty they need for planning and funding transportation projects.
Ways to advocate
The time is now for you to show your congressional delegation the practical and economic value that transportation has in your community, and why a strong transportation program is so important. You can show the impact of transportation on the economic development and well-being of your city in a variety of ways:
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Contact Leslie Wollack
NLC Program Director
Federal Advocacy, Infrastructure & Sustainability