NARC Commends Senate Panel on Transportation Bill Release: Signals the Start of Critical Congressional Action
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee introduced the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs for six years, from fiscal year 2015 through 2020. Current law, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), expires on September 30, 2014.
“The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) appreciates the bipartisan commitment of Chairman Boxer, Ranking Member Vitter and their Committee colleagues to advance comprehensive transportation legislation,” said NARC President Penelope Gross, Supervisor, Fairfax County, VA. “This is a first and necessary step to mobilizing legislative debate and action, but more needs to be done to increase opportunities and funding for local government and our metropolitan planning organizations.”
“Local governments – government closest to the people who are impacted by transportation decisions – are the most efficient and effective way to determine and implement transportation investments,” said NARC President Elect Gary Moore, Judge/Executive, Boone County, Kentucky. “We look forward to working with Congress to bolster our mutual goals of improving safety, access to jobs and overall economic vitality through accountable transportation decision-making.”
“NARC strongly supports MPOs of all sizes and geographic compositions as provided in existing federal law,” said NARC Vice President Jim Hassinger, Executive Director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. “We are pleased to see the Senate panel’s reaffirmation of current federal statute 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.