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NARC Requests Extension of Commenting Period for Planning Rule

On August 20, NARC sent a letter to Gregory G. Nadeau, Acting Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), requesting a two-week extension of the comment period for the FHWA and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning. Click HERE to read the letter.

Highway Trust Fund Patch Clears Congress: Bill Goes to President for Signature

Washington, DC (August 1, 2014) –With a vote of 81-13, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to provide a $10.8 billion funding patch for the nation’s Highway Trust Fund (HTF) late last night – the fifth patch since 2008. The bill will keep the HTF solvent through May or June of 2015, and the transportation […]

Senate Passes Amended Highway Trust Fund Patch, Sends Bill Back to House

Washington, DC (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. Senate today voted 79-19 to approve H.R. 5021, which, as amended, provides an $8.1 billion patch for the nation’s Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and extends the nation’s transportation program through mid-December. Without a patch, the U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated it would be forced to reduce and delay reimbursements to states beginning August 1st. This Senate action alone does not […]

NARC Sends Letter to Senate Finance Committee Regarding PATH Act

In advance of consideration of the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act today in Senate Finance Committee – which will provide a patch until the end of 2014 for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) – NARC sent a letter to the committee stressing the importance of keeping the HTF solvent, encouraging action on ensuring […]

Senate Finance Committee Transportation Funding Ideas Released

With the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) balance rapidly diminishing, Congress must act soon or risk a significant slow down in transportation projects during the important summer construction season. To this end, the Senate Finance Committee appears ready to mark up a bill on Thursday (called the “Preserving America’s Transit and Highways Act of 2014″), and […]

NARC Applauds Senate Bipartisan Effort to Boost Federal Transportation Funding

Today, NARC Executive Director Joanna Turner issued the following statement on the proposal by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) to increase the nation’s fuel tax. “NARC applauds the bi-partisan leadership of Senators Murphy and Corker to provide long-term, sustainable funding for the nation’s transportation system by increasing the federal fuel tax that […]

NARC Supports Funding Increases in Senate Appropriations Debate

NARC sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee expressing appreciation for advancing the FY15 appropriations process and supporting increased funding for the Economic Development Administration in the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill, and for local and regional transportation and housing programs in the Transportation-HUD (THUD) appropriations bill. Both bills, which passed through Senate Appropriations subcommittees […]

NARC Advises Senate Panel on Transportation Bill Priorities: Pushing Local and Regional Funding, Flexibility, and Authority

The leadership of NARC released the following statements regarding the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s consideration of the six-year federal surface transportation authorization, the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, which recently passed the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Current law, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), expires on September […]

Congress Passes Water Resources Bill; Measure Goes to President for Signature

This week Congress overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) (H.R. 3080), and it is now headed to President Obama for signature. The House passed WRRDA by a vote of 412-4 on Tuesday; the Senate passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 91-7. The bill authorizes over $8 billion in critical marine […]

Member Assistance Request: Separate ADA Compliance Requirements for MPOs

Caltrans, for the first time ever, is requiring an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) certification by way of the Exhibit 9-C, available by clicking HERE. The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) was recently asked to submit Exhibit 9-C to proceed with federal-aid projects. Specifically, does any other state Department of Transportation, as the cognizant agency, […]

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