Federal Transportation Bill: Where We Are & Where We’re Going
Earlier this week, the Transportation for America coalition (of which RenewLV is a regional lead on) held a partner call to debrief coalition members on President Obama’s recently-unveiled transportation proposal and the next steps in pushing comprehensive transportation legislation.
Stephen Lee Davis outlines the main points of the White House plan on the T4A blog:
Included in the proposal is an infrastructure bank, a plan to rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail, and rehabilitate or reconstruct 150 miles of runway and install a new air traffic control system.
But perhaps most notably, the White House hits many of the same notes that T4 America has been sounding for the last two years in the official White House release, focusing especially on the need for a long-term transportation bill, with some serious reforms.
“The President’s initiative, as we understand it based on the broad outlines issued today, will give much-needed help to the economy while kick-starting the long-delayed transformation of the nation’s outdated surface transportation program,” said T4 America Director James Corless in an official statement.
On this week’s call, Corless stressed that the goal is to pass a robust transportation bill in the next 18 months — and the President’s recent announcement helped show that the Administration is behind making this goal happen. Given this window of opportunity provided by the White House, the T4A coalition will continue outreach and advocacy to pass a bill with full support for a balanced transportation network. We’ll keep you updated on any developments over the next couple of months.