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Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project Issues Groundbreaking Plan to Reform Transportation Policy

Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project Issues Groundbreaking Plan to Reform Transportation Policy
Source: Bipartisan Policy Center

Calling its recommendations a "framework for comprehensive reform," the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) today released its plan for transforming federal surface transportation policy. If adopted by the Administration and Congress in this year's authorization bill, the plan would constitute the first major overhaul of transportation policy in more than 50 years. It proposes restructuring federal programs, updating the criteria for formulas, and creating a performance-based system that directly ties transportation spending to broader national goals, including economic growth, connectivity, accessibility, safety, energy security and environmental protection. Currently, transportation funding is distributed on a politically-driven basis with little analysis of benefits and no accountability for results.

The plan also has a strong bipartisan foundation. Under the leadership of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, former Senator Slade Gorton, and former Congressman Martin Sabo, the NTPP—a bipartisan group of 26 diverse members— produced its plan--Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy--as a blueprint for a new national transportation system that is efficient, effective, and accountable for performance.

+ Performance driven: A new vision for U.S. transportation policy (PDF; 4.3 MB)


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