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TIGER Grant Awards Announced: Includes More Than $31 Million in Planning Grants

Washington, DC (September 12, 2014) – Today, The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced the recipients of 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants worth $584 million for 72 transportation projects. Of the 72 grant awards, there are 31 planning awards in 25 states including D.C. totaling $31,652,139. Of the four planning awards […]

NARC Signs Freight Alliance Letter Supporting Surface Transportation Reauthorization Platform

The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, an alliance of 18 shipping and transportation provider/planning groups, released a platform of nine principles for consideration in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation. The letter indicates support for a strong federal role in transportation programs to maintain interstate and foreign commerce and develop a more competitive freight network. The next […]

NARC and AMPO Release Member Survey Results: MPOs Polled for Reaction to Change in Board Structure

Washington, DC (September 4, 2014) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) – the national associations that represent the nation’s Metropolitan Planning Associations (MPOs) – today released the results of a survey conducted of the groups’ members. The purpose of the survey was to solicit MPO […]

NARC Requests Extension of Comment 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 […]

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