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Reno’s Gibson Addresses Senate Committee


Photo: U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee
Lee Gibson, leaning in, executive director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV, and a member of the APTA Board of Directors, participated in a June 19 session of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and plans for MAP-21 reauthorization. Gibson emphasized the need for sustainable but realistic federal funding sources, such as raising user fees to fully fund the Highway Trust Fund and the Mass Transit Account. He also suggested that the next transportation bill enhance local ability to leverage scarce resources by providing additional funding for the TIFIA credit assistance program and creating incentives for public-private partnerships. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who attended the session, said: “I was so pleased to join with 20 other senators and many leaders from different sectors to discuss ways to improve our nation’s infrastructure. At a time when our economic recovery is most important, what better way to bring good-paying jobs to areas in critical need of construction and repair of bridges, roads, and highways. I thank Lee Gibson for joining this important meeting to bring to the table what is important in Nevada.”

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