Transportation Funding Advocacy Toolkit
2014 promises to be a critical year for federal transportation funding. The current federal surface transportation program, MAP-21, will expire on September 30, 2014. Before then, the Highway Trust Fund, which funds the roads and bridges we use every day, is expected to reach a shortfall this summer.
As Congress debates how to best address these issues, NLC and cities must be a part of the debate. Without a strong voice from local government, we risk gridlock or a transportation bill that neglects the important role local governments play in creating a strong national transportation network.
NLC is calling on Congress to pass a new surface transportation program that adequately funds our nation's transportation needs, takes a smart approach to all forms of transportation, includes a strong role for local governments in the project selection process, and provides local governments with the certainty they need for planning and funding transportation projects.
The time is now for you to show your congressional delegation the practical and economic value that transportation has in your community, and why a strong transportation program is so important. You can show the impact of transportation on the economic development and wellbeing of your city in a variety of ways:
- Call your members of Congress
- Tweet your members of Congress
- Send a letter from your city to your congressional delegation
- Pass a city resolution affirming the value of transportation
- Send your local media a press release
- Draft a letter to the editor or op-ed for your local newspaper
- Host members of your congressional delegation and the media on a tour of local transportation projects
Here are background materials for your reference:
- Talking Points: Cities on the Move
- Issue Brief: Invest in Local Transportation Priorities
- Press Statement: National League of Cities Statement on Transportation Reauthorization
- News Article: Pressure Building On Congress to Enact A New Transportation Program
- News Article: Transportation Debate Shifts Into Higher Gear