By Leslie Wollack
Almost 400 local officials joined together to urge Congress to continue funding the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which allocates resources for transportation alternatives that enhance the safety and performance of the nation's highways and street networks.
The letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer, a joint effort of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, calls on Congress to continue this important program and urges congressional leaders to "continue to affirm the role of local elected leaders as [they] advance legislation renewing MAP-21."
The message is particularly timely, as the House and Senate continue to grapple over how to fund federal transportation programs and the renewal of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Key areas of disagreement in the debate include the role of local officials in determining the fate of federal transportation dollars and the process for selecting which projects get funded; both are priorities in a new program for NLC and cities.
A copy of the letter can be found here. To follow the transportation debate and participate in NLC's advocacy efforts, sign up here. If you signed the letter, please forward it to your congressional delegation and reaffirm your support for the program and the role of local leaders in making decisions about which projects are funded in their communities. If you did not get an opportunity to sign this letter, please write your own to Congress and let them know how important transportation dollars are to your community.