Reconnecting America Comments On Senate Passage of Transportation Bill

John Robert Smith

(March 14, 2012) In response to the Senate’s passage of its transportation bill, Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith issued the following statement:

“Reconnecting America is extremely pleased with today’s Senate passage of a two year transportation reauthorization bill. S. 1813 passed today with a vote of 74-22, which shows there is bipartisan support for maintaining and strengthening our nation’s infrastructure. It is gratifying to see that items on which we worked to educate members of the Senate were included. For example, the bill maintains local control over funding of various transportation projects which would make communities safer for walkers and bikers and provides grants for station-area planning to support transit-oriented development. This bill will help us to fix our existing transportation infrastructure, while also providing more options for people in how they travel to meet their daily needs.

“The $109 billion dollar bill will continue current funding levels for transportation programs through FY2013. The Senate now waits for a House bill to be passed so that differences between the two may be worked out. The House is currently in recess, slated to return March 19th. The current transportation reauthorization extension expires March 31, 2012. I hope that the House will quickly pass a bipartisan reauthorization so that the process can move forward ahead of the upcoming deadline. As I know from my 16 years as Mayor of Meridian, MS, when legislators work together across the aisle, our country benefits.”

About Reconnecting America
Reconnecting America is a national nonprofit that is helping to transform promising ideas into thriving communities – where transportation choices make it easy to get from place to place, where businesses flourish, and where people from all walks of life can afford to live, work and visit. Reconnecting America is the managing partner of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, the only national nonprofit effort funded by Congress to promote best practices in transit-oriented development.  Reconnecting America is also a founding partner of Transportation for America, a broad coalition of housing, environmental, equal opportunity, public health, urban planning, transportation and other organizations focused on creating a 21st century national transportation program.  For more information visit our website, www.reconnectingamerica.org.

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