CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council) staff spent Tuesday, April 29, meeting with senior Senate and House staffers in Washington, D.C. discussing the need for a long-term surface transportation bill in advance of the September 30, 2014 expiration of the current federal surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). In those meetings, the CEO Council shared recommended policy principles.
The CEO Council recognizes the importance of transportation infrastructure to the competitiveness of the Greater Philadelphia region. The federal surface transportation bill provides funding for the nation’s highway and transit transportation systems, highway safety programs, metropolitan transportation planning organizations, and transportation alternatives (bikes, trails, pedestrian traffic).
During the meetings two things were clear. First, bringing solvency back to the Highway Trust Fund remains the biggest challenge to passing a new surface transportation bill. Second, there is general support for a long-term reauthorization that would enable agencies and governments to plan for large-scale infrastructure projects.
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