TEA 21

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TEA 21Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
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However, linking highway spending to receipts is a fundamental principle of TEA 21 and should not be abandoned on the eve of reauthorization."
TEA 21 increases funding for transportation improvements from $84 million to $115 million in the current fiscal year and $165 million for each year thereafter.
NLC is also urging the federal government to work closely with local officials in crafting a new transportation law that builds on the success of TEA 21 and confronts the challenges of transportation security, growing congestion, intermodal systems and new local roles and responsibilities
Oberstar argues that funding for the next TEA 21 bill would simply go to highway expansion if the goals of the PACE Act are not included.
The changes made to the bill in full committee still jeopardize many important surface transportation programs, including TEA 21 and Amtrak.
Additionally, the subcommittee attempted to change the TEA 21 structure by eliminating funding for some programs including widely popular city programs, such as Transportation Enhancements, which fund bicycle paths and pedestrian facilities, and the Transportation Community System Preservation Pilot program (TCSP).
Details: More information on SAFETEA, including a full copy of the legislation is available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reauthorization/and information on NLC's priorities for TEA 21 reauthorization is available at www.nlc.org.
This hearing, "Highway and Transit Needs: The State and Local Perspective," continues a series of hearings held by the subcommittee to get stakeholder input for reauthorization of TEA 21, which expires this year.
TEA 21, which expires this fall, authorized $218 billion over six years for the nation's surface transportation system.
The LOT coalition is a historic partnership of local government representatives formed to provide a unified voice on local priorities for the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21).
The Transportation Infrastructure and Services (TIS) Steering Committee held a summit in Belle Isle, Fla., focusing on the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21).