The United States Conference of Mayors released a survey Tuesday focused on metropolitan transportation investments. Generally the take-away is that the mayors want less money spent on highways and more spent on cities’ transport needs.
From the survey:
• Ninety-eight percent of mayors point to investment in affordable, reliable transportation as an important part of their cities’ economic recovery and growth.
• Three in five mayors said they would not support an increase in the federal gas tax if federal transportation funding were allocated among programs in the same proportions that it is today.
• Ninety percent of the mayors urged reforms in federal transportation programs to allow cities and their metropolitan areas to receive a greater share of federal funds directly.
• More than three in five mayors have established a dedicated local funding source for transportation improvements, which would enable them to meet federal transportation project matching requirements.