86th Annual Meeting

Art in Public Transportation Projects

  • WHEREAS, art and good design contribute to building a beautiful city and often reflect the unique artistic, cultural, and historical aspects of a community; and

    WHEREAS, for decades, communities across the nation have created innovative projects through art, which proved to be a vital component in public transportation, encouraging use, revitalizing neighborhoods, mitigating crime, and driving tourism; and

    WHEREAS, allowing the integration of artwork as part of public transportation projects brought significant benefits, such as shared foundations, shared materials, and shared engineering "? all of which decreased overall project cost; and

    WHEREAS, transit agencies and communities alike have benefited from the integration of art into public transportation projects in numerous other ways, including improved safety and security, increased ridership, and boosted economic activity through tourism and community pride; and

    WHEREAS, since December 2015, with enactment of the FAST Act, federal law now prohibits loans or grants from the Federal Transit Administration, including matching local funds, to fund project costs associated with art, severely limiting the ability to incorporate art into public transportation projects; and

    WHEREAS, the restriction impacts all grants or loans entered into with the Federal Transit Administration from that date forward

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors affirms its support of incorporating art into our public transportation projects and facilities, and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the federal government to enact the Saving Transit Art Resources (STAR) Act to reinstate flexibility to local government and transit agencies and allow local and regional transit agencies to incorporate art into federally-funded transit projects and facilities.

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