NARC Applauds U.S. DOT’s Transportation Reauthorization Bill – Legislation Would Increase Local Funding and Authority

On Tuesday, April 29th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) introduced the GROW AMERICA Act, the Administration’s federal surface transportation reauthorization bill. The bill would provide increased funding and authority to local governments and their metropolitan planning organizations.

“The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) commends U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx for strengthening the role of local governments in transportation through this proposal,” said NARC President Penelope A. Gross, Supervisor, Fairfax County, VA. “Local governments – who own and operate nearly 80 percent of America’s highways and roads, over 50 percent our bridges, and 90 percent of the scheduled service transit – are closest to the citizens who use these systems every day, and are in the best position to direct transportation investment decisions toward projects that will have the most ‘bang for the buck.’ U.S. DOT’s Surface Transportation Incentive Funds will increase funding to local governments and help bolster our shared goals of improving safety, access to jobs, and overall economic vitality.”

“Government closest to the people who are impacted by transportation decisions is the most efficient and effective,” said NARC President-Elect Gary Moore, Judge/Executive, Boone County, Kentucky. “The increases in funding, suballocated funds to local governments, and obligation authority in this proposal bolsters the role of local governments and represents a crucial step forward in how transportation investments are determined.”

“NARC strongly supports Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) of all sizes and geographic compositions as provided in existing federal law,” said NARC Executive Director Joanna Turner. “We are pleased to see U.S. DOT’s reaffirmation of current federal statue for MPOs and will continue to work with Congress to ensure MPOs have the authority, funding and flexibility to properly plan for our current and future transportation needs.”

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.

Click HERE to access the U.S. DOT bill.

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