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 30, 2014.
“NARC appreciates that the conversation about a long-term transportation authorization is continuing to occur in the Senate,” said NARC President Penelope A. Gross, Supervisor, Fairfax County, VA. “We urge the Committee to include metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and local governments in the planning and execution of any new freight program authorized in legislation.”
“Local governments have a crucial role to play in providing safe and efficient freight movement,” said NARC President Elect Gary Moore, Judge/Executive, Boone County, KY. “This is particularly important to global competitiveness and economic vibrancy.”
“MPOs actively and successfully engage their private sector freight partners into their planning processes to address economic needs while assuring that their regions remain places where skilled workers want to live and where businesses can grow,” said NARC Vice President Jim Hassinger, Executive Director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. “We pledge to continue to work with Congress to ensure MPOs have the authority, funding, and flexibility to properly plan for our current and future transportation needs in all areas of transportation, including goods movement.”
NARC, representing regional planning organizations and their local elected officials nationwide, advocates for federal policies that empower local elected officials, encourage regional planning and coordination, and provide the direct authority, flexibility, and funding necessary to create an intermodal and multi-modal transportation system that will help regions and communities thrive.