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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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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
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.
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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
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Building Bridges

ECOMM 2010 – Graz

Jon Martz

Chair, Public Policy Council

Association for Commuter Transportation