Mayor’s Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/05/12
Mayor Kasim Reed to Join President Obama for Signing of Key Transportation Bill
Reed to visit White House on Friday, July 6, as Obama signs H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which renews federal highway and transit programs for the next two years
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed will join President Barack Obama on Friday, July 6, at the White House as the President signs legislation that reauthorizes federal funding for key highway and transit programs through 2014.
During the signing ceremony, President Obama will approve H.R. 4348, which will put Americans to work repairing the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. The legislation also will prevent interest rates on school loans from doubling for more than 7 million students.
"Infrastructure projects represent some of the most vital and responsible uses of our federal resources toward restoring the long-term economic health of our nation and creating well-paying jobs,” Mayor Reed said. “After months of debate in Congress, our leaders finally put aside partisan differences to deliver a bill to President Obama that will ensure our roads and bridges can be strengthened and improved."
Mayor Reed added: “Every single dollar invested in infrastructure, in our roads, ports, transit systems and airports, builds our future and provides well-paying jobs today for hardworking women and men across our city, state and nation. I applaud President Obama for working tirelessly to put this legislation into motion. We have no time to waste on maintaining and improving our nation’s infrastructure nor in putting people in the construction industry back to work.”
H.R. 4348, also known as the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act or “MAP-21”, provides funding for federal highway, transit and transportation safety programs through 2014. The bill also streamlines processes and deadlines for infrastructure development, which will cut the average review time of projects in half, control costs and reduce construction delays of federally supported surface transportation initiatives.
As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Transportation and Communications Committee, Mayor Reed was a strong advocate for the renewal of surface transportation funding at the federal level. He recently joined other mayors in commending Congress for finally acting on the measure after nearly three years of operating under short-term extensions and creating an uncertainty in investment in infrastructure.
Additionally, Mayor Reed has made improving and maintaining metropolitan Atlanta’s infrastructure a top priority. During his first 30 months in office, Mayor Reed's administration has completed construction of the $1.4 billion international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; led the effort to reauthorize a local Municipal Option Sales Tax for more than $2 billion in water and sewer infrastructure improvements that passed with 86 percent of the vote; and began construction of the $100 million Atlanta Streetcar, funded in part by a $47 million Tiger II grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
As Chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Mayor Reed has been instrumental in the development of the Transportation Investment Act, which would fund more than $6.14 billion in critical road and rail projects in metropolitan Atlanta and comes before voters on July 31.
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