2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORT OF INCREASED METROPOLITAN PLANNING TRANSPORTATION FUNDS IN THE REAUTHORIZATION OF TEA-21

     WHEREAS, The Federal Highway Act of 1973 required states to dedicate a portion of the funds they received from the federal highway trust fund for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to carry out metropolitan transportation planning programs under the direction of mayors and other local policy makers; and

     WHEREAS, Mayors and other local policy makers ultimately make decisions on MPO plans and programs ensuring that transportation decisions on projects and spending reflect needs of cities and the people who live our communities as opposed to the concrete and highway establishment; and

     WHEREAS, Many states continue to penalize cities in the distribution of federal transportation funds and projects; and

     WHEREAS, MPOs offer a means, although limited at this point, to counter the dominating control of state departments of transportation over federal transportation funds; and

     WHEREAS, According to the 2000 Census, 80 percent of the nation’s population now resides on metropolitan areas and trends suggest that the metropolitan share of the population will continue to increase; and

     WHEREAS, The 2000 Census resulted in 76 new urban areas and 46 new MPOs – without increased funding, this fact alone would result in a one fifth reduction in real planning fund levels; and

     WHEREAS, MPO planning funds are used to develop transportation plans to meet air quality standards set forth in the Clean Air Act; and

     WHEREAS, In spite of the increased functions placed on MPOs, such as emergency planning, environmental justice, job access, and freight planning, overall MPO funding has remained at the 1 percent level set in ISTEA,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urge the Administration and Congress to increase the metropolitan transportation planning set-aside to the highest funding level.