A survey of 176 U.S. mayors released May 3 shows that 93% want to see urban and metropolitan areas directly receive a larger share of overall federal transportation funds. The report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors says that if cities� share of the transportation-aid pie is not increased, only 7% of mayors would back a gas-tax hike. More would favor a gas-tax boost if a larger share of the total went to local roads and bridges (89% of those surveyed) or public transit (65%). The report, sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City, comes as U.S. lawmakers work on a new multiyear highway-transit reauthorization measure. About 80% of mayors say expanding highways should be low priority and 75% call for a national infrastructure bank, the now-expired Build America Bonds or expansion of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit-assistance program to increase or expedite projects.
Mayors Want Larger Slice Of Transport Monies, Says Survey
May 4, 2011