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Building America's Future to feds: Nation needs new 'transportation vision'


Yesterday, a national bipartisan coalition that includes California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on Congress and the White House to improve the country’s transportation system.

In a memo sent to the nation’s political leaders, Building America’s Future stressed that the United States needs a “new transportation vision” that calls for the federal government to take the lead role in outlining future investments for transportation, increased accountability at all levels of government, innovation and flexibility for state and local transportation programs, and increased transportation funding.

“Our nation's current transportation system is simply outdated and unable to meet the demands of the 21st Century," said Kerry O'Hare, policy director of Building America's Future, in a prepared statement. "We cannot continue to channel billions of dollars through the same old programs which lack innovation, accountability and an outcome-driven focus.”