Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mica Plans 'Listening Sessions' For Transportation Legislation

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says he intends to start a process that will help craft a new multi-year surface transportation bill.

Mica says he plans to hold "listening sessions" outside of Washington to get input from local and regional officials on what should be in the next transportation legislation.

Some items to accomplish already on his list: retooling some current surface transportation programs to save money, speeding up projects to release funds already approved, spuring greater use of infrastructure loans from existing federal government programs and giving more incentives to private firms to invest in transportation projects.

The Journal of Commerce has more.

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