ATM Coalition Urges Senate to Give Long-Term Bill A Vote
Cost of Inaction on America’s Transportation Infrastructure Too Great
WASHINGTON, D.C. / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 17, 2015
Contact: Erica Flint, (202) 463-5682
The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition is urging the United States Senate to move forward on a six-year highway and public transit authorization bill and stop the cycle of short-term funding extensions that have brought uncertainty and delay to state transportation officials and infrastructure projects nationwide.
“We strongly encourage the Senate to vote in favor of putting a long-term transportation bill on the floor,” said ATM Coalition Vice President Janet Kavinoky. “To grow, the U.S. must invest, and there are few federal efforts that rival the potential of critical transportation infrastructure investments for sustaining and creating jobs and economic activity over the short term.”
According to a review by the ATM Coalition, the cost of Congressional inaction on long-term surface transportation funding is leading to billions of dollars lost for American consumers and businesses and thousands of lives lost every year.
“Political leaders at every level have all stated a multi-year surface transportation bill is a priority, now action must follow words,” said Kavinoky. “Senators have the opportunity next week to progress a six-year bill and invest in the roads, bridges and public transit systems that are the backbone of the U.S. economy, its businesses large and small, and communities of all sizes. They must seize that opportunity, overcome this cycle of inaction and move America forward.”
On June 24, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously passed the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, legislation that will help state and local officials make focused investments in freight transportation systems to keep the United States competitive, reduce bureaucratic red tape and speed transportation project delivery, provide long-term funding certainty, and create greater transparency and accountability in how federal funds are spent.
ATM Coalition members are advocating for the DRIVE Act be combined with the remaining portions of the highways and transit bill and the funding to pay for it, and that legislation be advanced before the current law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) expires on July 31.
The Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition is a collaborative effort by business, labor, transportation stakeholders and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system. The coalition believes the deterioration of the nation’s transportation system undermines the economy, jeopardizes our safety, threatens our quality of life, and harms the environment.