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BETTER REPORTING AND IMPROVED INFORMATION SYSTEMS ON THE EXPENDITURE OF TEA-21 FUNDING

WHEREAS, Congress and the Administration enacted the largest, single public works investment in the nation’s history when the "Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century" or TEA-21 became law in June 1998; and

WHEREAS, over six years, this legislation provides spending of more than $165 billion for core highway programs and more than $36 billion for public transit systems by the state, regional and local agencies, including transit providers; and

WHEREAS, even with this substantial commitment of public infrastructure dollars, federal reporting systems, particularly at the U.S. Department of Transportation and among its agencies, have not been modernized in ways that are responsive to the public and local decision-makers and recognize their need for better and more timely information on the use of TEA-21 dollars; and

WHEREAS, policy-makers, particularly at the local government level, have been seeking to make transportation investment decisions more transparent and have urged improvements to reporting systems as an effective way to increase public involvement in shaping transportation decisions affecting communities and regions; and

WHEREAS, information technologies, particularly GIS systems, which are routinely deployed throughout the public and private sectors could dramatically improve the flow of information from the U.S. Department of Transportation and its TEA-21 grantees, particularly state transportation departments, on how TEA-21 dollars are being deployed or soon will be invested in the future; and

WHEREAS, more user-friendly information and reporting can help improve the quality of transportation decisions, and help extract more value from these transportation investments, while satisfying a broader range of local, regional, state and national priorities and interests, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon the U.S. Department of Transportation and its affected agencies to adopt a broader information and reporting strategy, which may include additional demands upon primary TEA-21 grantees such as state transportation departments, to inform the public and local elected officials about the use and location of TEA-21 investments, including the use of more contemporary reporting systems which rely on GIS systems and the Internet; and

BE, IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon the Congress, and appropriate authorizing committees, to review these issues, and where necessary, make technical corrections and take other actions to support efforts by the Department of Transportation and the principal TEA-21 grant recipients to facilitate the deployment of more contemporary reporting and information systems detailing the use of TEA-21 dollars.

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