2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT OF CREATING A “PROJECTS OF NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE” OR “MEGA-PROJECTS” CATEGORY IN THE REAUTHORIZATION OF TEA-21, AND FUNDING IT AT A ROBUST LEVEL

     WHEREAS, America’s cities rely on a healthy transportation infrastructure to keep their metropolitan economies competitive in the world marketplace; and

     WHEREAS, a critical piece of that healthy infrastructure is the ability to efficiently move freight to and from markets and ports to national and international destinations; and

     WHEREAS, Federal and State governments have a history of partnering with cities in meeting their transportation infrastructure needs; and

     WHEREAS, many cities are facing the need to build, rebuild, or repair major segments of their transportation infrastructure to stimulate economic growth, move freight and goods, relieve congestion, and ensure safe travel; and

     WHEREAS, there is no funding source in the existing Federal-Aid Highway program adequate to address the needs of these “mega-projects”; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a policy for reauthorization of TEA-21 that calls for the creation of a Federal funding source to help address “mega-projects”; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. House of Representatives included within its adopted TEA-21 reauthorization bill a Projects of National and Regional Significance category funded at a level of $6.6 billion,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass a Projects of National and Regional Significance category with robust funding in the final TEA-21 reauthorization bill.