2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HEIGHTENED ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTS OF STATE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS IN REAUTHORIZATION OF TEA-21

WHEREAS, given the strategic role of metropolitan transportation infrastructure, it is imperative that the federal investment in transportation be continued; and

WHEREAS, it is time for the Administration and Congress to ensure that additional attention be focused on the metropolitan areas; and

WHEREAS, the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), must act to give metropolitan areas greater decision making powers, including control over resources; and

WHEREAS, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and TEA-21 established a voice for metropolitan areas, be devolving greater responsibility for planning and implementation to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs); and

WHEREAS, a U.S. General Accounting Office report found that states often so dominate MPOs that decisions often are in opposition to metropolitan needs; and

WHEREAS, states need to be required to coordinate overall transportation planning with Metropolitan Planning Organizations to create a workable transportation system, which would result in economic efficiencies,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urge the Administration and Congress to subject State Departments of Transportation (state DOTs) and MPOs to heightened performance and accountability requirements; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors call on the Administration and Congress to require state DOTS and MPOs to regularly report to the public how federal transportation funds are being spent; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors call on the Administration and Congress to direct state DOTs and MPOs to show how federal transportation funds support locally adopted performance targets and create a workable transportation system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors call on the Administration and Congress in the reauthorization of TEA-21 to hold state DOTs and MPOs to a higher standard of managerial efficiency, programmatic effectiveness, and fiscal responsibility; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors call on the Administration and Congress to include in the reauthorization of TEA-21 a measure that requires the MPO Board makeup to reflect the jurisdiction that the MPO is representing; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors call on the Administration and Congress to establish a framework for state DOTs and MPOs accountability that includes tighter disclosure requirements, participation in each other's transportation planning processes, improved performance measures, and rewards for exceptional performance.