On December 12, at a gala dinner event held at the J.W. Marriott in
Washington, D.C., top Congressional and Administration officials,
transportation industry representatives and reform advocates from across the
country joined together to celebrate the transportation reform movement.
by STPP and co-sponsored by the American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public
Transportation Association, the Transportation Funders' Group, and the US
Conference of Mayors, the dinner marked the tenth anniversary of the signing
of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) presented the John H. Chaffee Lifetime
Transportation Leadership Award, named in honor of Senator Chafee's father, to
former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta accepted the STPP Transportation Public Service Award
for his distinguished service in promoting an efficient and diversified
Significantly, Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT), Chair of the Senate Environment
and Public Works (EPW) Committee -- which is responsible for the
transportation bill -- declared in his remarks that the event marked the
beginning of the reauthorization process for the Transportation Efficiency Act
for the 21st Century (TEA-21).He also announced the EPW hearing schedule for the coming year in
preparation for the reauthorization [See Below].
Also speaking were Senators Hilary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), who holds the seat
formerly occupied by Moynihan; Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), who chairs the Banking,
Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over transit,
Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI), and Mayor Marc Morial of New Orleans.Six other members of Congress attended the dinner, as well as many top
staffers for members and committees involved in transportation issues.Administration officials in attendance included Jenna Dorn,
Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, and Mary Peters,
Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
Over thirty grassroots transportation advocacy groups that were in town to
launch the Alliance for a New Transportation Charter (ANTC) attended,
including the North Carolina Alliance for Transportation reform, the Just
Transportation Alliance of Texas, West Harlem Environmental Action, the
Richmond (Calif.) Improvement Association, the Mississippi Equity Coalition,
and the Montgomery (Ala.) Transit Coalition.
DOCUMENTS DECADE OF
honor of the 10-year anniversary of the passage of ISTEA, STPP released Ten
Years of Progress: Building Better Communities Through Transportation.
The report profiles more than 70 innovative transportation projects around the
country.It provides a summary of
national statistics documenting how transportation has changed since passage
of the landmark federal transportation law ten years ago.
"The evidence is in: American communities are already turning toward
creating a diverse transportation system that gets them where they need to go
while making their community better places to live," said
David Burwell, President of STPP. "This
report shows the many ways that transportation can achieve both goals."
report profiles a wide variety of transportation projects that are enhancing
health, safety, and security; conserving energy and enhancing the environment;
creating equitable and livable communities; and promoting economic prosperity.However, the report also points to statistics and polls that indicate
that more change is on the way.Use
of transit and bicycles are both on the rise, and national polls show between
60 and 80 percent of Americans favor more transportation options.Many places have not taken full advantage of the potential of ISTEA,
and a growing number of problems have been associated with automobile-oriented
development, including the epidemic in obesity and a drain on family budgets.
The 48-page, full-color Ten
Years of Progress report is available through
STPP for $15, by calling (202) 466-2636.An indexed version can be found at STPP's
remarks at the "Ten Years of Progress" event celebrating the 10thAnniversary
of ISTEA, Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) announced his panel's hearing schedule
on TEA-21 renewal issues. Jeffords, who chairs the Senate Environment
and Public Works Committee, the panel that oversees the highway programs of
TEA-21, called for 11 hearings to be held during 2002.Hearings will build the record for legislative proposals for the
renewal of TEA-21, which expires October 1, 2003.
early next year, we will assemble our partners from around the country, from
industry and government, representing the best minds in the field of
transportation, to explore the lessons learned over the last ten years and to
discuss fresh ideas for moving forward," he said.
hearing topics are: Partners for America's Transportation Future;
FY 03 Budget and the Highway Trust Fund; Mobility, Congestion and
Intermodalism; Operations and Security in Metropolitan Areas; Transportation
Planning and Smart Growth; Innovative Finance; Transportation and Air Quality;
State of the Infrastructure; Project Delivery and Environmental Stewardship;
Freight and Intermodal Facilities; and Rural Transportation.
Campaign Launch - All Aboard the New Transportation Charter
made a major investment this year in
reaching out to and working with local groups to build broad national support
for transportation reform and articulate a common vision.One of the products of that outreach process is a document declaring
the need to make ISTEA truly work for communities, a New Transportation
Charter.The Charter states,
"While many states have embraced ISTEA's tenets of community involvement
and empowerment of local decision-makers, no state has yet implemented ISTEA
to its full potential."The
intended audience is transportation and political decision makers and the
Charter was produced with the input of four Washington D.C.-based Issue Teams
made up of dozens of national organizations, together with the input of over
350 participants at 5 regional meetings sponsored by the STPP coalition.A more detailed policy platform "blueprint" for T3 will be
developed over the next several months, reflecting the vision and principles
of the Charter.
300 national and local groups endorsed the Charter in time for its public
launch on December 13 in WashingtonDC.Together, endorsers of the Charter comprise the Alliance for the New Transportation Charter,
a broad-based coalition working to make transportation better serve
communities.By defining our
campaign as an alliance we both (1) highlight the one feature that makes this
campaign different from our ISTEA and TEA-21 campaigns-our broader
partnership, and (2) create a forum where our new partners can sign up for the
campaign without necessarily joining the STPP coalition.The idea is to create a "comfort zone" for new partners who
agree that transportation is not serving their interests, but are not yet
ready to become active.Endorsing
the Charter makes one a member of the Alliance, but there are no further
will receive STPP's
and remain informed of transportation issues and further opportunities to be
engaged in the reform effort.
join the growing coalition in taking a stand for a new approach to
transportation on the national scale by endorsing the New Transportation
Charter.Endorsers are encouraged
to continue circulating it, particularly for the endorsement of state and
local elected officials, and local government.STPP can provide a model resolution for
cities and counties to consider.
full text of the Charter, the list of endorsements, and the endorsement form
are on the front page of STPP's
more information, contact Andrea Broaddus at 202-466-2636.
for Discussing TEA3 with
tenth anniversary since ISTEA became law presents an opportunity for
recognizing important leaders who have made ISTEA funds work in communities.It is also time to begin a dialog about the next reauthorization in
2003, laying groundwork with opinion and decision makers during this moment of
opportunity.December 13-21 is
Transportation Advocacy Week, but this topic will be timely throughout the
next couple of months.We
encourage you to visit with reporters, editorial boards, and local officials
and talk about how transportation affects your community, and what a
difference TEA3 can make.
STPP has prepared support
materials as part of this effort, available upon
request (hard copies may cost money):
Years of Progress report, 47 pages bound, full color glossy
news release and talking points
Packet for meeting with Member of Congress, other elected officials, and
editorial boards with draft letters and talking points
resolution for local governments to endorse the New Transportation Charter
The report, the Charter, and the list of founding members of the Alliance are on our website, www.transact.org
, or email Andrea Broaddus at email@example.com
to request the Advocacy Packet or model resolutions.Hard copies of the report may be requested on the website, or by
help us keep track of visits by reporting back about your meetings and events.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Mattered for ISTEA
Moynihan earned his award not only for his leadership, along with former
Senator John Chafee, in crafting ISTEA and guiding its enactment through
Congress, but for his lifetime advocacy on behalf of balance and choice in
transportation systems development.In
1960 he was among the first to express public alarm at what the newly enacted
Interstate Highway Program would do to our cities and our landscape. "It
is becoming increasingly apparent," he wrote in his article 'New Roads
and Urban Chaos,' that American government, both national and local, can no
longer ignore what is happening as the suburbs eat endlessly into the
coutryside.Since the spreading
pollution of land follows the roads, those who build the roads must also
recognize their responsibility for the consequences."Forty years later, those consequences are all too apparent, and are
belatedly being addressed through reforms mandated by ISTEA and its successor
law the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
Moynihan, in accepting the award, described his boyhood fascination with cars
and highways when he attended the GM "Futurama" exhibit at the 1939
World's Fair in New York with cars gliding effortlessly across landscapes and
through mountains, and it was only when the system became reality that the
impact on urban form became obvious.He
made a personal decision to do something about it and, as Chair of the Surface
Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee in 1991, he did. "Senator John Chafee and I got together and
just decided that, with the completion of the Interstate System, we were going
to do something different. We supported each other." he stated.
Advocate Passes Away
STPP remembers Jim Seamon, a long time
transportation advocate for the St. Louis region who past away November 16.Mr. Seamon was actively involved in Citizens for Modern Transit, and
served as chairman of the board of the St. Charles Transit Authority.He had worked diligently to bring MetroLink to neighboring St. CharlesCounty.
his passion for trains, his daughter said, "He considered it a treat on a
Saturday to ride MetroLink just because.No destination.Just to
ride the train."
BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR!
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