By Leslie Wollack
This week, Congress passed a short term extension of federal transportation programs, avoiding a reduction in federal reimbursements to state departments of transportation for highway, bridge, and transit projects. The bill extends the current federal transportation program through May 2015.
NLC applauded Congress for its work to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent, and called on legislators to continue working toward a long-term, comprehensive transportation bill.
"Any long-term surface transportation bill must provide local leaders with the ability to help decide which projects are right to meet the needs of their communities," said NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony. "With the clock ticking, Congress must move swiftly to fund the critical infrastructure our nation depends upon."
Visit NLC's website for a transportation funding advocacy toolkit to use with your congressional delegation during the August recess.