MPOAC Policy Positions

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This presentation contains the Florida MPO Advisory Council's federal transportation (re)authorization positions.

This presentation contains the Florida MPO Advisory Council's federal transportation (re)authorization positions.

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  • 1. MPOAC Policy Positions Federal Surface Transportation (Re)Authorization
    Alex BondJanuary 22nd, 2008
  • 2. Background
    SAFETEA-LU Expires September 30th, 2009
    Extensions expected through mid-2010
    Work session with Policy and Technical Subcommittee on December 9th, 2008
    Draft principles assembled in handout document
    Does not include issues related to economic stimulus package
  • 3. Resources
    Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)
    National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)
    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
    American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
    International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
    Reauthorization proposal from the previous administration
    Current administration’s preliminary platform
  • 4. Organization
    Three Broad Topics Discussed:
    1) Federal Roles and Programs
    2) Transportation Finance
    3) MPO Administration
    Introductory comments will not appear in final document
  • 5. Federal Roles and Programs
    Strong National and Metro Role
    Consolidation of Funding Streams
    Maintenance
    Operations
    National Freight Policy
  • 6. Strong National and Metropolitan Role
    The MPOAC supports a continued strong Federal role in transportation policy and funding. MPOs should continue their traditional role of being the primary planning and programming agency for each qualifying metropolitan area. Additional responsibilities, authority, and resources should be allocated to MPOs.
  • 7. Consolidation of Funding Streams- Part 1
    The MPOAC endorses consolidation of funding streams across FHWA/FTA from the current 108 programs to no more than ten. The resulting programs should increase funding flexibility within a multi-modal metropolitan transportation planning system, but should include programs dedicated to: 1) maintenance of the existing system, 2) operations and management, and 3) freight.
  • 8. Consolidation of Funding Streams- Part 2
    Federal planning and transit planning funds should be continued at levels that are no less than the pool derived under the current 1.25% takedown of core programs.
    NEW Principle not reviewed by Policy Committee
  • 9. Maintenance
    The MPOAC endorses consolidating maintenance funding streams.
  • 10. Operations
    The MPOAC endorses the consolidation of operations and management programs as part of a more flexible national surface transportation policy perspective.
  • 11. National Freight Policy
    The MPOAC endorses a multimodal National Freight Network, along with associated funding streams.
  • 12. Transportation Finance
    Taxation
    Tolling
    Private Financing
  • 13. Taxation
    The MPOAC endorses the creation of an Independent Transportation Revenue Adjustment Commission. Further, the MPOAC urges the Commission and Congress to, at a minimum, index fuel taxes to the rate of inflation, and transition toward broader-based revenue sources.
  • 14. Tolling
    The MPOAC supports efforts to simplify the tolling of existing facilities built using Federal funds. However, the MPO should be made an equal partner in decision-making regarding tolls on existing roadways. Funds raised through tolls on existing roadways should be directed toward metropolitan congestion relief—including highway, transit, and operations improvements.
  • 15. Private Financing
    The MPOAC supports innovative financing of transportation infrastructure through public-private partnerships, TIFIA, and Private Activity Bonds. Additionally, the MPOAC supports making approval of public private partnerships subject to the endorsement of the local MPO.
  • 16. MPO Administration
    MPO Designation
    Metropolitan Mobility Authorities
    Rescission of Planning Funds
    Energy and Climate Change
  • 17. MPO Designation
    Principle 1- The MPOAC supports raising the MPO designation threshold to 100,000 people. Appropriate language should be inserted to allow grandfathering of established MPOs that do not meet the threshold.
    Principle 2- The MPOAC encourages new urbanized areas to consolidate with existing MPOs.
  • 18. Metropolitan Mobility Authorities
    The MPOAC supports the sub-allocation of all congestion relief, freight, and capacity funds to Metropolitan Mobility Authorities in areas with more than 1 million people. The administrative structure of MMAs should be determined by the existing MPO or group of MPOs that comprise the MMA area.
  • 19. Rescission of Planning Funds
    The MPOAC supports language that excludes PL funds from rescission.
    NOTE- Should FTA 5303 Planning Funds be added to this principle?
  • 20. Energy and Climate Change
    The MPOAC proposes that energy efficiency and climate change be added as a planning factor, thus placing the issue at the forefront of the 3-C Planning Process.
  • 21. Questions?
    Comments?
    Alex Bond
    ALBond@cutr.usf.edu (813) 974-9779