Cities Commend House Transportation Committee on Markup of Highway Bill
WASHINGTON—Earlier today the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763), clearing the way for a vote on the six-year, $325 billion surface transportation reauthorization. Yesterday, the National League of Cities sent a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), urging the committee to quickly advance the STRR Act to conference with the Senate, which passed the DRIVE Act in July.
"With funding for the Highway Trust Fund expiring in less than a week, it's time to finally pass a long-term surface transportation program that enables more local authority to choose the transportation projects that best suit the needs of individual communities," said National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City. "As I told the House Committee on Transportation in March, continuously passing short term extensions to the highway bill is unacceptable; local governments need a long-term bill that restores certainty and stability to the transportation planning process at the local and regional level."
NLC has long advocated that the next long-term transportation bill needs to be future-oriented to meet the challenge of a rapidly changing transportation marketplace; flexible enough for cities and towns to choose the best mix of transportation options to fit regional needs; and fiscally responsible to local governments that collectively own and operate 78 percent of the nation's road miles, 43 percent of the nation's federal-aid highway miles, and 50 percent of the nation's bridge inventory.
The most current funding extension for the Highway Trust fund expires Oct. 29.
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