Renew ISTEA To Preserve Local Control of Transportation Decisions

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), the federal surface transportation law, expires September 30, 1997, and must be re-authorized. ISTEA began to shift federal priorities away from a "one size fits all" approach to a balanced, locally-controlled process that gives citizens and businesses the flexibility to choose their mix of affordable, reliable transportation choices.

More than ever before, ISTEA made local governments and the public full partners in transportation decision-making. It recognized that different communities will have different mixes of roads, transit, bike paths and sidewalks, and that an effective partnership of local, state and federal governments will make the best transportation decisions. Some Congressional proposals to change ISTEA would reduce local involvement in these decisions. ISTEA can be changed ­ but the right kind of changes will improve its balanced approach, not undermine it. Four key issues are:

CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY PROGRAM (CMAQ):

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (STP):

TRANSIT FORMULA FUNDS:

STATE SUPPORT FOR AMTRAK:



Source: CAMPAIGN FOR EFFICIENT PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION

c/o Citizen Action, 1901 L St., NW, #602, Washington, DC 20036, tel: (202)-775-1580, fax: (202)-296-4054, e-mail: jblum@citizenaction.org

For more information on local control, check out the positions of the National Association of Counties, the League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


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