April 12, 2010
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Senators Urge More Transportation Funding
In addition to a letter signed by APTA and 27 other organizations regarding transportation and climate legislation, two other groups have sent letters on the issue to Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) regarding their climate change legislation. Both letters state the need for transportation investment in a climate bill while also emphasizing the importance of “green” transportation investments.
Eight senators—Tom Carper (D-DE), Arlen Specter (D-PA), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY), and Michael F. Bennet (D-CO)—cited Environmental Protection Agency statistics showing that “a comprehensive set of strategies can reduce transportation emissions by 26 to 40 percent and oil consumption by four to seven million barrels per day in 2030,” such as high-speed rail, public transportation, and smart growth. The letter also states: “Travel efficiency measures alone will not solve the climate problem. However, we believe that comprehensive climate legislation cannot be successful if it does not provide additional transportation mobility options for Americans.”
A letter signed by members of the Transportation for America coalition recognized the senators for “leadership in crafting comprehensive, economy-wide energy independence and climate change legislation.” It continues: “We urge you to include robust investments in transportation in your forthcoming Senate clean energy legislation, provided those investments reduce oil use and [greenhouse gas] emissions, as well as cut transportation costs for consumers.”