Government Technology

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Names Five Communities to Receive Funding to Help Fight Traffic Congestion



August 15, 2007 By News Staff

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced she has selected five metropolitan areas across the country as the first communities to participate in a new federal initiative to fight traffic gridlock.


Today's announcement follows an eight-month nationwide competition to select a handful of communities from among the 26 who applied to join the Department's Urban Partnership program, aimed to reduce traffic congestion using approaches like congestion pricing, transit, tolling, and teleworking.

The Secretary said the communities, as winners of the competition, will receive the following funding amounts to implement their traffic fighting plans: Miami, $62.9 million; the Minneapolis area, $133.3 million; New York City, $354.5 million; San Francisco, $158.7 million; and the Seattle area (King County), $138.7 million;

The Secretary said each of the Urban Partners has developed a total transportation solution. "These communities have committed to fighting congestion now. Our commitment was to allocate the federal contribution in a lump sum, not in bits and pieces over several years - an approach meant to get these projects off the drawing board and into action," she said.

Secretary Peters said every Urban Partner proposed some form of congestion pricing. These direct user fees have the advantage of both reducing the enormous costs of congestion, and also of raising funds more effectively than the gas tax does to help states and cities build and maintain critical transportation infrastructure, she said.

"Many politicians treat tolls and congestion pricing as taboo, but leaders in these communities understand that commuters want solutions that work," Secretary Peters said.

Additionally, improved and expanded bus and ferry service will make it easier for commuters in Urban Partnership communities to leave their cars at home, the Secretary said. The plans also take advantage of new technologies to keep traffic moving, and flexible work schedules and telecommuting to ease traditional rush hours, she said.

The Urban Partnership Program is part of the Bush Administration's comprehensive initiative launched in May 2006 to confront and address congestion throughout the nation's transportation system.

 


| More

Comments

Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Maintain Your IT Budget with Consistent Compliance Practices
Between the demands of meeting federal IT compliance mandates, increasing cybersecurity threats, and ever-shrinking budgets, it’s not uncommon for routine maintenance tasks to slip among state and local government IT departments. If it’s been months, or even only days, since you have maintained your systems, your agency may not be prepared for a compliance audit—and that could have severe financial consequences. Regardless of your mission, consistent systems keep your data secure, your age
Best Practice Guide for Cloud and As-A-Service Procurements
While technology service options for government continue to evolve, procurement processes and policies have remained firmly rooted in practices that are no longer effective. This guide, built upon the collaborative work of state and local government and industry executives, outlines and explains the changes needed for more flexible and agile procurement processes.
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
View All

Featured Papers