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NARC Summary of President’s FY2015 Budget Request

NARC has completed its summary of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request, which highlights core priorities for regions. In other budget news, appropriators in both Chambers of Congress have set their timetable for the FY15 appropriations process to be enacted before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Markups are […]

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation Webinar

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation: Improving Air Quality & Saving Fuel with Idle Reduction Technology March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET The average heavy-duty truck uses up to 2,500 gallons of fuel per year idling its engine to run auxiliary equipment. Fuel consumed for idling drives up transportation costs and produces thousands of pounds of greenhouse […]

NARC Meets with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

NARC President, the Hon. Penelope A. Gross, and NARC staff met this week with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to relay NARC’s transportation reauthorization priorities. Sec. Foxx was receptive to NARC’s message, and reiterated his own belief in the importance of a regional focus to improve […]

NARC Presents at Arizona Rural Transportation Summit

Last week, NARC Transportation Director Erich Zimmermann attended the Arizona Rural Transportation Summit in Prescott, Arizona. The event is organized by the Rural Transportation Advocacy Council, and this year hosted by the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO), the designated metropolitan planning organization for the City of Prescott, Town of Prescott Valley, Town of Chino […]

Transit Provider Representation on MPO Boards

On October 30, NARC submitted comments to the docket in reference to a proposed policy guidance issued jointly by Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highways. At issue is the agencies interpretation of a change made in MAP-21 to include transit operators on the list of folks that should have input to their MPOs. Unfortunately, the […]

NARC, AMPO and NADO Send Joint Letter to Secretary Foxx Regarding Transit Representation

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO), and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) jointly submitted a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx regarding proposed rulemaking on representation of public transit providers on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) boards. The three Associations contend that individual […]

NARC / AMPO Release Regional Goods Movement Planning Highlights

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) released Regional Goods Movement Planning Highlights. The document frames metropolitan regions as key drivers for the nation’s economy and economic vitality. Within metropolitan regions lie the ports, airports and intermodal facilities that facilitate efficient goods movement across our country. Metropolitan planning organizations […]

CMAP Releases Freight/Manufacturing Report

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) released a new report, The Freight-Manufacturing Nexus: Metropolitan Chicago’s Built-in Advantage, which explores how the U.S. freight system’s convergence in metropolitan Chicago offers distinct competitive advantages to our region’s resurgent manufacturing cluster. Next City, a media organization, covered the report’s release HERE. Click HERE to access a copy of […]

NARC Launches Online Livability Portal

NARC launched it’s online livability tool, a comprehensive livability portal that offers a variety of resources and tools for local governments and their regional planning organizations. This online resource is the result of a two-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The project yielded […]

NARC and American University Publish Report on Federal Programs’ Regional Value and Return on Investment

In fall 2012, NARC enlisted the assistance of American University graduate students to collect and evaluate 30 years of federal budget data for six federal programs: the Workforce Investment Act, Federal Highway Administration, Economic Development Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Administration of Aging, and the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds. This […]

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