Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Cooperation Will Be Core Issue in Transportation Planning, Committee Agrees

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Cooperation Will Be Core Issue in Transportation Planning, Committee Agrees

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Federal trust fund dollars alone are not enough to meet the transportation needs of America's cities into the 21st Century and local officials must work in cooperation with their colleagues at the state and federal levels, the private sector, and with the public to use limited resources efficiently.

Those frank observations from transportation experts helped frame deliberations by Transportation and Communications steering committee members, led by Chair Barbara Gregg of Louisville, Ky., during the group's Spring meeting in Tualatin, Ore., hosted by Mayor Lou Ogden, from May 31-June 1.

Steering committee members received four panel briefings befoer breaking into subgroups to chart directions for this year's policy issues as selected by the T&CT Policy Committee.

On the matter of paying for transportation, the steering committee agreed that current NLC policy on specific modes of transportation remains generally acceptable.

The steering committee also agreed with a subcommittee recommendation that an NLC resolution on transportation trust funds adopted last year be reinforced to emphasize NLC's support for taking the trust funds off-budget in parallel with real deficit reduction.

A recommendation was adopted to reorder NLC's modal policies on transportation according to "people" movement and "goods" movement, and draft new policy on the importance of multimodalism. Committee members agreed that this policy should advocate equity among transportation modes involved in goods movement. …

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