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Published on Monday, June 2, 2014

Take action to secure federal transportation funding

The stakes are high as Congress considers the future of federal transportation funding. The current federal surface transportation program, MAP-21, expires on September 30, 2014. The Highway Trust Fund is expected to reach a shortfall this summer. The National League of Cities (NLC) is actively engaged in discussions at the federal level, and needs your help to urge members of Congress to address local government priorities in the next surface transportation bill. Without a strong voice from local government, we risk gridlock, or a transportation bill that neglects the important role local government play in creating a strong national transportation network.

NLC is calling on Congress to pass a new surface transportation program that adequately funds national 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. NLC has prepared a toolkit to assist you in communicating with your congressional delegation.

Here are some ways you can show the impact of transportation on the economic development and wellbeing of your city:

Here are background materials prepared by NLC 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
  • Categories: Federal, Transportation