To expand communication between Washington and California, the California Institute provides periodic bulletins, briefings, and other information regarding current activity on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington that affects our state.
On March 10, 2008, the California Institute will hold a luncheon briefing featuring remarks by the sole California member of the blue ribbon panel convened by Congress and the President to examine the condition and future needs of the nation’s surface transportation system, as well as short and long-term alternatives to replace or supplement the fuel tax as the principal revenue source to support the Highway Trust Fund over the next 30 years.
Congress created The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission in 2005 under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users, more commonly known as SAFETEA-LU. The 12-member Commission was comprised of U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and some of the nation’s top transportation experts, including Steve Heminger.
Appointed to the Commission by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (who was then Minority Leader), Steve Heminger is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in San Francisco. MTC is the regional transportation planning and finance agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. It allocates more than $1 billion per year in funding for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Bay Area’s surface transportation network.
The National Surface Transportation Commission’s report, released in January, offers a wide range of ideas and approaches for addressing the nation’s highway, rail, and transit issues and for revitalizing transportation in the U.S. The report is available at http://www.transportationfortomorrow.org/final_report/ .
Please join us for this important conversation on Monday, March 10. To attend this luncheon briefing (acceptances only), please contact the California Institute 202-974-6384 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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