February 14, 2012 Members of the United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator: On behalf of the nation’s local

elected officials, we write to urge your support for a bipartisan amendment being offered to S. 1813, the surface transportation authorization bill, by Senators Ben Cardin and Thad Cochran. The CardinCochran amendment would devolve a small portion of federal transportation funds to the local level, increasing accountability for how these taxpayer dollars are used. S. 1813 sets aside a percentage of funds under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program for what the bill refers to as “additional activities.” These “additional activities” include a variety of smaller-scale, local transportation projects such as installing sidewalks with curb cuts to improve accessibility, preserving abandoned rail corridors to create future travel options, and making streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to reduce traffic fatalities. These types of projects can revitalize communities by not only improving accessibility and mobility options, but also by stimulating private sector investment and local economic development. The Cardin-Cochran amendment would give local officials, who know best their own communities’ transportation needs, a voice in how the “additional activities” funds are used. Collectively, we represent the interests of almost every municipality and county government in the United States. We thank you for your support for the criticallyneeded transportation investment provided under S. 1813, and respectfully ask for your “yes” vote on the Cardin-Cochran amendment. Sincerely,

Tom Cochran CEO & Executive Director United States Conference of Mayors

Donald Borut Executive Director National League of Cities

Larry E. Naake Executive Director National Association of of Counties

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