WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate passed transportation reauthorization today that includes reform and accountability measures, streamlines road construction environmental reviews, and gives states and communities more flexibility in how they spend federal money.
In response Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC) and former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), co-chairs of Building America's Future, issued the following statement:
"We applaud the U.S. Senate for coming together in a bi-partisan fashion to invest in our nation's transportation systems, and thank Senators Boxer and Inhofe for their vision and hard work. The new performance requirements will go a long way to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not wasted, and the boost to the credit assistance program will help localities leverage private funding for transportation projects of national and regional significance. This $109 billion investment represents a necessary step towards the infrastructure repairs and modernizations needed to improve our nation's collective safety, quality of life and economic competitiveness. We urge the House to pass a bill swiftly that is fully funded and continues the necessary work of improving our roads, highways and transit systems."
Building America's Future Educational Fund (BAF-EF) recently released a new report - "Falling Apart and Falling Behind" - comparing the transportation infrastructure investments in the U.S. with those being made by our economic competitors. The report includes a series of recommendations to policymakers; chief among them is to develop a national infrastructure strategy for the next decade that makes choices based on economics, not politics. For the full report and more information, please visit www.BAFuture.org/Report.
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