Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Posted by: Brandi Williams
Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, as Republicans maintained their control over both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Trump’s transportation proposals would seem to foretell a major shift in the way public transportation infrastructure will be supported, by downplaying federal government investments in favor of providing tax incentives for for-profit, private business funding of those projects, including foreign investors. It would also seek to limit federal investments to those that would generate a revenue stream. During his campaign, the President-elect and Republican leaders indicated a plan to eliminate Highway Trust Fund spending on projects such as mass transit, and alternative transportation, including sidewalk improvements and rail-to-trails. The party platform also calls for eliminating funding for Amtrak and high-speed rail.
COMTO's Legislative Advisory Council is in the process of developing its 2017 Legislative Agenda and would like to hear from you about your priorities and concerns, particularly in the context of the upcoming View From the Hill in March 2017. We will send out a separate link to our survey shortly.
As we contemplate the implications of transitioning to a new Administration, it would be pragmatic for us to consider how and where we can engage the Executive and Legislative branches and to identify opportunities to participate in policy implementation. Thank you in advance for you expeditious attention and input in this important matter.
Founded in 1971 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for senior-level minority professionals in the transportation industry.