Greenbelt, Md. Mayor Emmett Jordan Calls For Transportation Funding Certainty
The National League of Cities joined the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on "Stand Up for Transportation Day" for a Capitol Hill briefing about the looming expiration of the Transportation Bill, and the potential consequences for cities. Mayor Emmett Jordan of Greenbelt, Md., who serves on NLC's Community and Economic Development Committee, represented NLC at the briefing and related the views of local elected officials on the importance of funding certainty for local transportation infrastructure projects. According to the Department of Transportation, the federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to drop below a sustainable level sometime this spring, and Congress will have to find roughly $18 billion in additional revenue to keep projects funded through the 2016 fiscal year. Without Congressional action, transportation projects around the country could halt this summer.
The Capitol Hill briefing was recorded and made available to everyone. Mayor Jordan's address is available for viewing here. For further information on NLC's legislative advocacy on transportation, please visit www.nlc.org/advocacy.