Our cities, towns and suburbs are the epicenters of the modern American economy. Today, they face myriad new challenges – aging infrastructure, changing demographics and market demand, increasing congestion from both freight and commuter movements, new technologies and more. Efficient movement of goods and people is critical to economic growth. Local communities are prepared to take bold steps to meet them. But they need the resources and latitude to respond effectively.
Today, only a small fraction of federal funding is directly available to them.
At the same time, when Americans are asked to contribute more, they will want to know the money will flow to their communities to help them get to work, school and daily needs —making travel easier, more affordable and safer while supporting the economy. And they trust the levels of government closest to them because they can hold them accountable. At the same time, communities that have vetted their transportation plans with voters and won their approval for funding should receive added consideration for federal resources.