Thus, the League strongly supports SB 699 AA Concerning the Use of Funds from the Special Transportation Fund. We believe this bill is critical. The practice of raiding special funds in order to use the revenues to close the budget gap or other needs is not a good practice.
The League also strongly supports RB 5940 AA Requiring the Creation of Strategic Plans for Passenger and Freight Rail Service.
We note the proliferation of bills, many of them subject to this public hearing, requesting planning and funding for various rail and bus roads across the state. We believe that an integrated, and comprehensive approach to transit improvements must include coordination among all facets of transportation: highway, rail, air and marine modes of travel. A piecemeal approach will inevitably result in waste of already limited resource. Thus, coordinated planning is critical to move the state forward.