Transportation Legislative Agenda
TMACOG and a Transportation Coalition of 16* additional partners have collaborated to produce the 2013-14 Transportation Legislative Agenda. This document describes and itemizes the priorities and goals for the transportation system in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The agenda is a guide for state and federal lawmakers as they debate, set policy, and make funding allocations affecting transportation in the region.
As a consensus document by transportation professionals with a long record of accomplishment in the region, the agenda is a valuable tool. It is available at no cost. Download and print the PDF here, or contact the TMACOG Transportation Department (Jodi Rayburg, 419.241.9155 ext. 120) to request a printed copy.
In addition to listing regional priorities in the areas of street and highway transportation, rail, air, water, and public transit, the agenda also outlines options for increasing funding for transportation infrastructure. The existing model based on fuel tax is unsustainable. Cars are using less fuel per mile traveled while transportation construction costs are rising. To meet the shortfall, the federal government has been transferring money from the general revenue fund to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Options for a more sustainable system include new tax formulations, the possibility of a National Infrastructure Bank, re-allocation of existing funds, and creation of specially designated Transportation Improvement Districts. Tolls, licensing fees, public-private partnerships, and new borrowing structures are other solutions explored. The agenda specifically requests that until a long-term solution is found state and federal legislators develop and implement a means to raise the gas fuel tax and then index the tax rate to construction costs or to another relevant measure.
*The Transportation Coalition is a collaborative effort of these organizations:
The City of Bowling Green, the City of Toledo, Lucas County Economic Development Corporation, Lucas County Engineer’s Office, Northwest Ohio Managers and Mayors Association, Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association, Ohio Contractors Association, Regional Growth Partnership, TARTA, TMACOG, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Trucking Association, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Transportation Advocacy Group of Northwest Ohio, the University of Toledo, Wood County Economic Development Commission, and the Wood County Engineer’s Office.