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Surface Transportation Bill

Electing to Support Our Economy

Edward Wytkind | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Either we can choose to elect those who have proven themselves to have the courage and the foresight to make decisions with the long-term benefit of working people in mind, or we can elect those who are too shortsighted and too captive to special interests to make the calls that will help our nation thrive.

Interstate Tolling and the Highway Trust Fund: Two Different Conversations

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

The debate over this year's transportation reauthorization bill has taken an important turn, as legislators, the public and the media are giving serious thought to a White House proposal that would allow states to toll existing Interstate highways to pay for their reconstruction.

Paving the Future of Transportation Policy: What Congress Smoothed Over This Year, and Where the Pot

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.13.2012 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Two years is welcome certainty for a sluggish economy but a blink of an eye for policymaking. NCLR is committed to monitoring implementation of transportation reauthorization and helping to pave the way for strong legislation in 2014.

Jennifer Bendery

Democratic Lawmaker Warns Of 'Zombies' In Transportation Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) took on a brave new title on Wednesday: zombie killer. Standing alongside a giant photograph of a highway...

Get Moving on the Surface Transportation Bill

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

The economy needs this bill -- it is the backbone for our system of surface freight and passenger commerce. It will provide transit systems and their workers new tools to weather recessions, and it will boost American manufacturing.

While Congress Fiddles, Southern California Shows How to Get Things Done

Gloria Ohland | Posted 05.23.2012 | Los Angeles
Gloria Ohland

When a delegation from the L.A. Chamber of Commerce visited Congress earlier this month to lobby for federal surface transportation reauthorization, it was noted that L.A. was providing a model for Congress on how to get things done.

As the House Transportation Bill Languishes, There's Still Time to 'Fix It First'

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

Americans are ready for an economically sound, people-friendly, and bipartisan transportation bill. It's a good thing our elected officials have extra time to meet those expectations.

Matt Sledge

With Gas Tax Money Vanishing, Transportation Bills Mum On What Comes Next | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As both chambers of Congress continued to debate dueling surface transportation bills on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announ...

Matt Sledge

Mass Transit's State Of The Union: Room For Improvement | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

The last couple of years have been pretty stormy for public transportation agencies: Amid deteriorating state and local budgets, some 80 percent of th...

A Jobs Bill That Can Pass Congress

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Antonio Villaraigosa

America Fast Forward is an incentive program designed to spur local jurisdictions to raise local revenue for their projects. That's the kind of federalism that both Democrats and Republicans should be able to get behind.

Jennifer Bendery

But Clean Extension of FAA Funding Still Up In The Air | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after President Barack Obama pressed Congress to extend surface transportation funding before it runs out next month, a key House ...

Matt Sledge

Deteriorating Transportation Infrastructure Could Cost America $3.1 Trillion | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

New tires add up. That's the finding of a report issued Wednesday by the American Society for Civil Engineers, which tallies up the cost of our decayi...

Transportation Investments: We Need to Think Big

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

The short-term benefit investment in transportation is the creation of millions of good jobs. The long-term benefit is ensuring that America remains competitive in a global economy.

Considering the Re-Authorization of the Nation's Surface Transportation Program

Kathryn Wylde | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kathryn Wylde

Representatives of the New York metropolitan region have a special responsibility to advocate for increased federal funding for mass transit.

Surface Transportation: The Need is Now

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Transit systems nationwide are hemorrhaging while history shows that transportation bills are engines of job creation and their services are in highest demand.