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Coalition Against Transit Provision, HR 7

Coalition Against Transit Provision, HR 7

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1February2,2012CongressmanDaveCampChairmanCommitteeonWaysandMeans1102LongworthHouseOfficeBuildingWashington,D.C.20515CongressmanSanderM.LevinRankingMemberCommitteeonWaysandMeans1139ELongworthHouseOfficeBuildingWashington,D.C.20515
Re:SurfaceTransportationFinanceandtheHighwayTrustFund
DearChairmanCampandRankingMemberLevin:Forthepastthirtyyears,CongresshasprovideddedicatedfundingforhighwayandtransitprogramsthroughanexcisetaxongasolinededicatedtotheHighwayTrustFund.Thisfundingstructurehassuccessfullyprovidedhighwayandtransitprogramswithsecure,dedicatedrevenuesandbudgetaryfirewallsdatingbacktotheReaganadministration.Thesuccessofthisapproachiswithoutquestion:TheTrustFundhasbeencriticaltoournation’sabilitytobuildanefficientandmultimodaltransportationsystem.Withrecordtransitridership,nowisnotthetimetoeliminateguaranteedfundingforournation’spublictransportationsystems,whichsavedAmericanscloseto$19billionincongestioncostsin2009.Forthefirsttimeinthirtyyears,thependinglegislationH.R.3864,theAmericanEnergyandInfrastructureJobsFinancingAct,removesthecertaintyofacontinuedrevenuesourceforourtransitsystemsaswellastheCongestionMitigationandAirQualityProgram.Specifically,wearedeeplyconcernedabouttheprovisioninH.R.3864thatwouldterminatefundingfromtheexcisetaxongasolineandreplaceitwiththeAlternativeTransportationAccount.Inplaceofgasolinetaxrevenues,thelegislationwouldprovideaone‐time$40billiontransferofGeneralFundrevenuestotheAlternativeTransportationAccount.NotonlyisthisleveloffundinginsufficienttofullyfundtheproposedauthorizedlevelsfortheAlternativeTransportationAccount,butitwouldsubjecttransitandCMAQfundingtotheannualappropriationsprocess.Thischangewillmakeitimpossibleforpublictransitsystemsacrossthecountrytoplanforthefuture.ItwillalsomakeitimpossiblefortheFTAtohonorgrantagreements.Inaddition,thislegislationdoesnotmakeclearhowthe$40billioninGeneralFundrevenueswillbeoffsetintheU.S.budget.Asaresultofthisfundinggap,weareconcernedthatthe$40billiongeneralrevenuetransfermaynotoccurleavingtransitprogramsoutinthecold.WestronglyencouragetheCommitteetorejectH.R.3864andworktocontinuetofundhighwayandtransitprogramsthroughdedicatedfunding.Sincerely,
 
 
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MichaelP.MelaniphyPresident&CEOAmericanPublicTransportationAssociationJohnRobertSmithPresidentandCEOReconnectingAmericaJoyceA.RogersSeniorVicePresident,GovernmentAffairsAARPJimSayerExecutiveDirectorAdventureCyclingAssociationJeffMillerPresident/CEOAllianceforBiking&WalkingJeffRosenbergLegislativeDirectorAmalgatedTransitUnionCaronWhitakerCampaignDirectorAmericaBikesScottBrickerExecutiveDirectorAmericaWalksKristyAndersonGovernmentRelationsManagerAmericanHeartAssociation/AmericanStrokeAssociationAndrewGoldbergManagingDirector,Gov'tRelationsAmericanInstituteofArchitectsJamesCorlessDirectorTransportationforAmericaGeoffAndersonPresident&CEOSmartGrowthAmericaJasonJordanDirectorofPolicy&GovernmentAffairsAmericanPlanningAssociationDonHoppertDirector,GovernmentRelationsAmericanPublicHealthAssociation(APHA)BrianPallasch,CAEManagingDirector,GovernmentRelations&InfrastructureInitiativesAmericanSocietyofCivilEngineersRichardEidlinPolicyDirectorAmericanSustainableBusinessCouncilBrianShawPresidentAssociationforCommuterTransportationBillyAltomExecutiveDirectorAssociationofProgramsforRuralIndependentLiving(APRIL)MarciaLHalePresidentBuildingAmerica'sFutureMikeKruglikExecutiveDirectorBuildingOneAmerica
 
3SteveWinkelmanDirector,TransportationProgramCenterforCleanAirPolicyJackyGrimshawVicePresidentofPolicyCenterforNeighborhoodTechnologyTimMaremaVicePresidentCenterforRuralStrategiesMargoWootanDirector,NutritionPolicyCenterforScienceinthePublicInterestCenteronRace,PovertyandtheEnvironmentStewartSchwartzExecutiveDirectorCoalitionforSmarterGrowthScottBogrenCommunicationsDirectorCommunityTransportationAssociationofAmericaJohnNorquistPresidentCongressfortheNewUrbanismMichaelA.SpottsPolicyAnalystEnterpriseCommunityPartnersJohnCrossFederalTransportationAdvocateEnvironmentAmericaAnaGarcia‐AshleyExecutiveDirectorGamalielPhaedraEllis‐LamkinsCEOGreenForAllPaulWeechExecutiveVicePresidentforPolicyandMemberEngagementHousingPartnershipNetworkMichaelReplogleGlobalPolicyDirectorandFounderInstituteforTransportation&DevelopmentPolicyFredMcLuckieLegislativeDirectorInternationalBrotherhoodofTeamstersDavidT.DowneyPresident/CEOInternationalDowntownAssociationJustTransitionAlliancePeterNotarstefanoDirectorofHomeandCommunity‐BasedServicesLeadingAgeAndrewClarkePresidentLeagueofAmericanBicyclistsSaraChieffoLegislativeDirectorLeagueofConservationVotersNielRitchieExecutiveDirectorLeagueofRuralVotersChristopherCoesDirectorLOCUS:ReponsibleRealEstateDevelopersandInvestors

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