TEA-21 advances

News AASHTO Journal October 24, 2001
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The Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

The Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently released a joint report on the transportation advances achieved nationwide as a result of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).


"In 'The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century in Action--Money at Work,' we chronicle the coast-to-coast success stories TEA-21 has made possible," said John Horsley, AASHTO's executive director. "We are at the midpoint of the six-year bill and it is clear that Congress has given us the tools to meet the mobility challenges we face today, and to address those challenges we will face in the future."


APTA President William Millar said, "Public transportation ridership is up 21% over the past five years--growth made possible by TEA-21."


Using research commissioned by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and the Transit Cooperative Research Program, the report identifies how the funding is "making a difference" in the areas of:


* Increased highway preservation and performance;


* Record-level transit ridership;


* Saving lives;


* Improved access and environmental enhancement;


* Greater equity; and


* Commitment to taxpayers.


The report also cites some 38 projects around the U.S. that have resulted from increased federal spending and innovative new policies, including Utah's I-15 reconstruction project.


The report can be obtained on the web (www.apta.com).


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