APWA calls for action on transportation report’s suggestions
The Kansas City, Mo.-based American Public Works Association (APWA) says federal, state and local officials need to act now on the suggestions made in the recently released “Transportation for Tomorrow: Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission,” which calls for increased spending on the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
APWA President Larry Frevert says the report, which calls for an investment of $225 billion annually over the next 50 years to improve roads, bridges, transit systems and passenger rail, offers a “mix of solutions” to maintaining the country’s transportation system into the next century. “Chronic underinvestment in our transportation system over the decades is threatening our future and jeopardizing safety, our economic competitiveness and environmental quality,” Frevert said in a statement.
APWA supports the report’s suggestion that the federal motor fuel tax be increased over the next five years to finance the improvements to transportation infrastructure. Also, the association says public-private partnerships, tolling and congestion pricing could be instrumental in financing transportation improvements.
The entire “Transportation for Tomorrow” report is available at www.transportationfortomorrow.org.