Panel Discussion: Transportation Priorities in Congress

Tuesday, June 7, 2016  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Suite 1200 East, American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Metro: McPherson Square (14th St. exit)                  

Panelists:                                                                                                             

Patrick Fuchs, Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation

Allison Cullin,  Staff, Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free but please email Melvyn Sacks at MelSacks@verizon.net for reservations.

Transportation infrastructure in the United States is seriously inadequate, with roads, rail, bridges and tunnel infrastructure needing to be upgraded or replaced if the U.S. wants to maintain a competitive economy.  Many bridges and tunnels in the Northeast rail corridor date from the mid-19th century and are near the end of their useful life, with serious bottlenecks developing.  Unlike other advanced countries, the U.S. has no true high-speed rail.

The panel will discuss transportation priorities and legislation, including the FAST Act, which is a $305 billion five-year bill passed on December 4, 2015 for state and local agencies that depend on this funding for critical transportation infrastructure and safety projects.  This provides five years of dependable funding for Highway Trust Fund programs and realistic Amtrak and New Start target authorization levels with new freight focus.  TIGER grants for $500 million have been made available for transportation projects across the country that focuses on transportation capital projects that generate economic development. Allison Cullin and Patrick Fuchs will detail the status of legislation in Congress that would fund critically needed transportation projects.