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Building Bridges. Our Clouded Transportation Future (USA). Financial “Need” ( € 375 Billion) outweighs capacity to fund ( €175 Billion) Extension of current legislation for 18 months Unwilling to Increase Gas Tax Use of General Revenues Public Skepticism Political Dilemma

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Building bridges

Building Bridges

Our clouded transportation future usa

Our Clouded Transportation Future (USA)

Financial “Need” (€375 Billion) outweighs capacity to fund (€175 Billion)

  • Extension of current legislation for 18 months

  • Unwilling to Increase Gas Tax

  • Use of General Revenues

  • Public Skepticism

  • Political Dilemma

    • Budget deficit not “Sustainable”

    • Mid-term election facing an aroused public opinion

Recession has hurt public transport

Recession has “Hurt” Public Transport

Nearly 90 percent of U.S. transit systems

have had to raise fares

or cut service in the past year.

Don t waste a good crisis

“Don’t Waste A Good Crisis”

Petroleum use in the US has declined or remained flat except in the transportation sector. The increased use of petroleum for transportation has more than compensated for declines in other sectors.

Transportation, which accounted for a bit over half of petroleum consumption in the 1970s, now accounts for two-thirds…

National policy reform

National Policy Reform

Transportation Planning


  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation

  • Focus on Metropolitan Mobility

  • Inclusion of Environmental Criteria

  • Inclusion of Energy Conservation Criteria

Preaching to the choir

“Preaching to the Choir”

Preaching to the choir1

“Preaching to the Choir”

Legislative policy strategies

Legislative & Policy Strategies

  • Develop a Package of Legislative Recommendations

  • Annual Legislative Conferences

    Held on Capitol Hill

    In conjunction with annual ACT Board of Directors spring meeting

  • Leadership Academy

    Build an “Army” of advocates (36)

    Meet in Washington DC

Act legislative summit

ACT “Legislative Summit”

Third Annual Event

  • Started small and growing

    25  35  50 participants

  • Developed and packaged our recommendations

  • Two-day Event:

    • Morning: Speakers

    • Afternoon: “Hill Visits”

All politics are local

Invite sympathetic legislators to speak

Invite professional staff to attend

Make administrative agency staff aware of your efforts

“All Politics are Local”

Act legislator of the year

Personally visit your elected officials

Find your “Champions” and reward them

Always ASK for support of your initiatives

ACT “Legislator of the Year”

Act leadership academy

ACT “Leadership Academy”

Third Class of Graduates (36)

  • Develop Commitment

    • Enlist

    • Educate

    • Empower

  • Stress importance of advocacy

  • Set them on their path

  • Watch the Results

Successes commute to work tax benefit

Successes:Commute-to-Work Tax Benefit

USA Version of “Salary Sacrifice”

  • Year 1986 - $15/month (~€10/month)

  • Year 2009 - $230/month (~€175/month)

    Parity with Parking Benefit Allowance

    Federal Gov’t Employee C-T-W Incentive

  • Year 2009 - $230/month (~€175/month)

    “Commuter Benefits Equity Act”

  • Make permanent C-T-W & Parking - Parity

Commute to work benefits have increased transit ridership

Commute-To-Work benefitshave increased transit ridership

TRB: “Analyzing the Effectiveness of Commuter Benefits Programs: 1989-2004”

Successes dedicated funding

Successes: Dedicated Funding

Capital Investment

  • New or expanded transportation projects to reduce emissions

    Operating Assistance

  • Traffic flow improvements, transit, ridesharing, bicycle and pedestrian programs, auto inspection and maintenance programs, travel demand management (TDM) measures

    Emission Reductions

  • Expected to result in tangible reductions in CO and ozone emissions

    Public Good

  • Funds can be used for services which benefit a specific entity, such as a major employer, only for short trial periods to test the viability of a project.

  • Public-private partnerships are allowed if a project will benefit both the public and elements of the private sector.

Successes dedicated funding1

Successes: Dedicated Funding

~€7 Billion

over 6 years

Projected successes act legislative initiatives

Projected Successes:ACT Legislative Initiatives

“Commute LESS Act”

  • Creation of regional Employer Councils

  • Tax credit for private investment in provision of C-T-W incentives for employees

    “Private Investment in Commuter Vanpooling Act”

  • Reward for private capital investment in public transportation by vanpool

    “Green Routes to Work Act”

  • Twelve TDM measures (most preferential tax treatments)… C-T-W, Vanpool, Telework, Bicycling

Preaching to the choir2

“Preaching to the Choir”

Building bridges1

Building Bridges

ECOMM 2010 – Graz

Jon Martz

Chair, Public Policy Council

Association for Commuter Transportation


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