Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and other officials
will speak in several cities throughout the country the next few
days to urge passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the
21st Century, known as TEA-21.
states can confirm what this administration has said from the
beginning – that avoiding the responsibility of passing a full
six-year reauthorization bill would bring us one step closer to
crisis,” Mineta said. “Americans cannot afford the added construction
costs and potential job losses associated with congressional inaction,
so I urge the Congress to fulfill its obligation to help state
and local transportation leaders meet the needs of their communities.”
this week, Mineta wrote lawmakers saying failure to pass reauthorization
legislation by Sept. 30 would result in a shutdown of key federal
highway safety administration programs and the furlough of federal
his road trip, Mineta will ask officials and citizens
to call on Congress to fulfill its obligation to local and state
legislators by avoiding short-term extensions of TEA-21, as well
as congressional overspending that could “bankrupt the highway
trust fund in as little as three years,” DOT said in a release.
plans to speak in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The
initiative also includes public events around the country by Federal
Highway Safety Administrator Mary Peters, Federal Transit Administrator
Jenna Dorn and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Dr.
group plans to tell audiences delay in passage of a full six-year
plan could hurt the economy and jeopardize the ability of state
and local transportation leaders to plan and manage important
transportation infrastructure projects.
cited an August survey by the American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials where 45 state transportation agencies
and the District of Columbia documented that any delay in TEA-21
passage could compound state budget problems and result in delayed
construction projects, added construction costs and lost jobs.
addition, 33 of the 45 transportation agencies said that a short-term
extension, rather than enactment of a full six-year bill, could
mean $2.1 billion in project delays and the loss of more than
90 million jobs.
Sept. 13, Mineta will underscore the importance of TEA-21 when
he’ll announce a grant for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan
Transit Authority in Los Angeles and, on Sept. 14, for the Municipal
Transportation Agency in San Francisco. On Sept. 15, Peters
will present remarks to the annual Southeastern Association of
Highway and Transportation Officials meeting in Charleston, WV.