Washington – The National Association of Counties (NACo) today responded to the passage of a transportation reauthorization bill by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The five-year surface transportation bill includes $547 billion for roads, bridges, transit and rail.
NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said:
This bill moves us one step closer to a bipartisan surface transportation reauthorization. We welcome this continued momentum towards addressing our nation’s very pressing transportation challenges.
“Counties play a major role in maintaining critical infrastructure across America. We own 44 percent of the nation’s road miles and nearly 40 percent of all bridges, including 62 percent of those considered ‘off-system.’ We appreciate the committee’s attention to these vital local connections.
“Counties invest significant resources in infrastructure as we fulfill our responsibilities to keep our communities healthy, safe and vibrant. Consistent federal investment through a new, long-term surface transportation reauthorization, developed in consultation with federal, state and local partners, would help counties undertake much-needed infrastructure improvement and development projects.
“We look forward to working with the administration and Congress to achieve our shared goals, strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, economy and resiliency for the future.”
Learn more about NACo’s transportation and infrastructure priorities here.Standard