US governors will discuss
Feb 22, 2010 11:26 AM
The nation’s governors will discuss dynamics for shaping national surface transportation policy during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 20-22 in Washington DC.
Titled “The Future of Surface Transportation,” this discussion will occur during the Economic Development and Commerce committee meeting February 21 at 3 pm EST at the JW Marriott Hotel. The session will offer governors the opportunity to explore the consequences and opportunities for states from the ongoing delay in authorizing a new long-term national strategy for surface transportation.
“To have a 21st-century economy we must have a 21st-century transportation system,” said California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger, chairman of the committee. “Federal laws for surface transportation programs and policies have expired and, while extensions help, long-term reform is needed to ensure projects employing Americans across the nation can move forward. America’s future economic growth depends on transportation planning and investment—and the time for action is now.”
“Unfortunately for states, the extensions create planning and funding uncertainty,” said Delaware Gov Jack Markell, vice chairman of the committee. “The spring construction season is almost here. Without long-term certainty about federal funding, state surface transportation projects are at risk. Not only does this have a negative effect on our transportation system, it also significantly limits the construction industry’s ability to create new jobs.”
The meeting will include committee members, as well as US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
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