2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting

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     WHEREAS, cities throughout the United States are embracing less expensive, fixed guide way “small start” transit projects like streetcars, trolleys and bus rapid transit as one solution to improving transportation mobility; and

     WHEREAS, today, approximately 75 municipalities in 39 states and the District of Columbia have a streetcar system, have one under construction, or are interested in getting a system; and

     WHEREAS, streetcar systems, with more than 45,000 miles of track prior to World War I, are an important part of our nation’s transportation heritage; and

     WHEREAS, streetcar lines are an inexpensive and effective tool for transforming urban communities, sparking economic development, leveraging private investment, and connecting transit-deficient neighborhoods to regional transit systems; and

     WHEREAS, there is currently no Federal funding source for new “small starts”; and

     WHEREAS, federal rules for “new starts” are overly burdensome to smaller transit projects; and

     WHEREAS, Congress is considering amending TEA-21 to allow “small starts” to access transit capital investment grants,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to create a Federal funding source to help “small starts”; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to modify Federal rules to expedite “small start” projects.