President Obama urged Congress to pass an extension of the surface transportation authorization legislation before it expires Sept. 30. He explained the need to preserve and create jobs by investing in infrastructure. Acknowledging that the amount spent on infrastructure has decreased while the population of America has more than doubled, he urged for immediate renewal of the gas tax and a new
conversation on America's infrastructure future.
APTA President William Millar applauded Obama for calling on Congress to pass an extension prior to Sept. 30. "Investing in public transportation creates jobs and provides easy access to jobs necessary to move the economy forward. It also addresses the country's backlog of critical infrastructure projects," he said after attending the Rose Garden event.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) recently signaled consideration of a final extension to the transportation bill. Mica said, "I will agree to one additional highway program extension, this being the eighth of the overdue transportation authorization."
More details are available in this week's Legislative Alert.