DOT Town Hall Meeting & ACT Legislative Update
Yesterday the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) released a legislative update:
Late last week, Congress sent to the President an $11 billion highway trust fund patch that will extend MAP-21 through May 2015. The action came hours before the Highway Trust Fund was set to become insolvent. The House rejected action by the Senate to amend the timeframe and pay-fors of the extension. Faced with a take-or-leave-it scenario, the Senate approved the House's version, sending it to the President before going on recess for the Summer.
While the action averts a short-term cliff, Congress continues to delay action on the long-term sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund. Earlier this year, it was estimated that a six-year bill at flat funding would need more than $100 billion, which equals a gas tax increase of more than 10 cents.
ACT Executive Director Mark Wright said:
"I want to thank Congress for taking action to avert the Highway Trust Fund's going broke. The actions this week will ensure that highway and transit project, as well as employer-based commuter programs that provide commuters with options, will continue without disruption. However, I it's important that we not look at this as a victory. I urge Congress to not wait until May to begin dealing with long-term solvency for the federal transportation program. States and local governments need to plan, and unstable financing of the federal program is causing many agencies to scale back effective and popular programs. ACT stands ready to work with Congress on this issue and make necessary improvements to MAP-21."
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will be holding a National Town Hall Meeting:
Please join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as he highlights his vision for our nation’s transportation system. During this virtual Town Hall meeting, the general public, as well as business leaders, transportation advocates, and state and local government officials concerned with the future of America’s transportation infrastructure, will have the opportunity to dialogue with the Secretary about the future of our nation’s transportation investments.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
The Honorable Anthony Foxx
U.S. Transportation Secretary