mayors: invest more in metro areas
June 20, 2011, 8:35 pm
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FINALLY!  The mayors of US cities are insisting that government expenditures be equalized and more funds be diverted to metropolitan areas.  Metropolitan dollars go radically further than exurban dollars, but more dollars per capita flow to areas outside of the city.  To make this shift away from unsustainable exurban spending is always good policy, and even more so in a time of economic crisis.

From the US Mayors press release:

(Washington, DC) – The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) will release a 176-city survey focusing on local transportation infrastructure investments on Tuesday, May 3, at the National Press Club. Atlanta (GA) Mayor Kasim Reed, USCM Transportation Committee Chair, will deliver the survey findings. Given the economic problems facing the nation, mayors believe it is more important than ever that federal transportation priorities be targeted to metropolitan areas – home to two-thirds of U.S. residents. A majority of mayors said they will oppose a gas tax increase unless funding is directed to these areas to improve roads, bridges and expand transit, instead of highway expansion. Mayors are saying that we don’t need another bridge to nowhere.

Metropolitan areas account for 86 percent of employment, 90 percent of wage income, and over the next 20 years, 94 percent of the nation’s economic growth, but they are saddled with the nation’s worst traffic jams, its oldest roads and bridges, and transit systems at capacity. Simply put, these areas are receiving significantly less in federal transportation investments than would reflect their role and importance to the nation’s economy. This survey of mayors and their transportation infrastructure investment needs was sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

America’s Mayors Say No More Bridges To Nowhere: Oppose Gas Tax Unless More Is Invested in Metro Areas to Rebuild Roads and Bridges and Expand Transit, US Conference of Mayors


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