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the transportation was a remarkable bipartisan achievement, which i follow closely, and exactly the template we need right now in washington, d.c., and i will work if you on this, i think we need a coalition of republicans and democrats to get behind the concept come and take it to the senators and delegation and try to get thinking and new ways as we did in virginia and maryland and pennsylvania. >> thank you. being the politician in me, i am running for congress. >> new thinking on the hill, but particularly for infrastructure transportation. i will speak from the perspective of a member of the county council and what to make budget decisions. i have mixed feelings. value capture is ensuring that torch -- future revenue go
the transportation needs. it is also to fund schools and libraries and parts. i think if i have to do that, and it is the only way to finance a package, that i understand. we will face the consideration. , i think we rule want to have government make decisions about what the highest priorities are. >> you do not have to go into the program unless it fits. >> i am thinking more from the washington area. perspective it is the transportation, the streetcar, the train intercity, commuter
railroad that is always struggling for cash and looking like it is a loser because in its operating subsidy. it is the cause of the value that goes 40% found -- faster according to the station area. they have an obligation to put something back into the railroad that creates value. >> let's move on. we have folks over here. if we have time, we will readdress that. first of all, i would like to thank each and everyone of you for your advancing local transit in your communities. [applause] my question is very simple. how can we as active members or southwest transit or state association members help you in transitt of advancing
and nationally. >> find some way for money is noand then object paradigm. that is the best thing that could ever happen for transit, terrain in the trust fund, 80% that goes to the highways. streetcars,to the there is a 2.8 mile freeway segment in downtown milwaukee. no interchange, mainline freeway. $370 million. to widen it to four lanes. are two cemeteries they
have to squeeze the right of way through. rebuild at the way it is. $800 million spread. the secretary's office, very sympathetic. is, our hands are tied. against you,tacked we do not look at cost -- cost-benefit analysis. we trust the state to do that. this comes out as a preferred alternative. believe me, when that continued, money is no object. freeways, no congestion. transit is always playing with a
short deck. somehow alter the paradigms of that highways are evaluated on a cost benefit analysis. on the mpo site,, if you are going to get them teeth, make sure you are democratic. talking with the president earlier. insaid i own a house williams bay, wisconsin, just southwest of milwaukee. primarily connected to chicago. he said really? folksd they get the same -- both as the 970 people in milwaukee. three boats. fundamentally undemocratic system. make it really democratic.
teeth. give mpo's then have the financing system contingent on land plans being followed. they keep saying we have always proposed more transit but no one ever built it. matter -- they recommend more transit, never done. they recommend more highways, those are done. transit is a system. our interstate highways. there has to be consequences for d.o.t.'s in local communities not following comprehensive and program. then why spend all the money on
the planning when it is alternately ignored if it in any way jeopardizes the continued quest for wider and more transit highways? >> that is good. we will get the last three questions in. we will respond very smartly in shortly. get theset to do is gentlemen a quick one minute wrapup as well. >> my question is for those of you from the washington area, i know you have had to work in multijurisdictional panels. northern district transportation commission for example. -- one motto to get things done beyond your jurisdiction and i was wondering what predictions or thoughts you have for others who may be in those situations. in terms of embracing transit
and other thoughts you have. council didy something two years ago that we have not done before. we had a joint meeting with the board of supervisors, a joint meeting with prince george's we are putting new ideas on the table and pushing our state dot to address of aof the unique albums broader jurisdiction. that was really helpful. it helped to educate us as elected officials. there is really nothing quite like the dynamic of when you get the politicians in a room together, and a couple of them perceive an interest in the leadership role. it can start something help all. helpful.
>> for more than 15 years i have been engaged in reasonable -- regional transportation serving in various bodies. president of the virginia , the regional commission that deals with an array of topics including environment and transportation is a topic there, northern region you transportation commission where i have served in every position to chairman to vice-chairman to treasure. primarily for transit initiative throughout northern virginia. received the has funding for the state transportation funding. we transfer back to localities. that the washington metropolitan area of -- transits of
government. so the bottom line is that when you come together and discuss the issues as part of her region that is when you come up with the best solutions to make them work. my city, alexandria has done it with arlington county twice. we are all interconnected. there is no way to decide what you want to do in your own community without knowing how it will impact the rest of the region. >> that is very good. question. >> i found the political environment you are describing, about allowing people to buy more vehicles, almost sounds like he is talking to the constituency of the 1950's when there was much greater interest in car ownership. in millennial's they do not
necessarily want to own cars and that is not necessarily perhaps hopefully for us. -- perhaps someone that will get them votes. some of the things i think government is helping with is the funding that is there. does times going lower require a greater sits control cost. some people have talked me that we had to make a trade-off between a single no emission vehicle or multiple classic diesel in getting -- imitate vehicles. what are your thoughts on increasing this or getting something to help do more work and deliver more of those types can someone >> define low do?
we are notd, experts. >> current funding available called low or no emission vehicles. >> fewer vehicles that consume less gas does not sound allowing -- land-use issues and a lot of the other issues with talked about. perhaps saying this because they benefit. as we condense people, the arema rates, people breeding in gases -- if you have ever had to sleep in an apartment building or try to where there is a diesel bus idling outside for the next stop, noise issues if you go to electric or other operating vehicles, so it is a political message. we need to say it is not just but a community
benefit. moving forward for costs -- moving forward it is much lower cost. >> i do not do it that way. so yes i think we are going in .he direction i see very little call -- very little political opposition. difficult a very question. remember we have elected officials appear. -- up here. [laughter] i was going to express my sympathies with the alderman from milwaukee. a fellow by the name chas location from milwaukee.
to your point on highways versus transit, i am from we are constantly building highways. we have had some success with recently serving on the mpo and going to your point, how to move some of the money one of the things i have seen is that air quality correct --s connected to transportation. perhaps one of the ways to start suggesting how the money is threats making real the or the risk associated with noncompliance with air quality. the way it is now is it is out
there, but it is really not out there. no one is really paying attention to it. efforts toere was start attention to that, that move funds from highway into transit. fewere the number of cars moving to the compressed area. so from the standpoint of air quality, in addition to just congestion there may be some way to address the issue. >> i think it is a good point buildingeed to stop highways as if it is the 1950's. >> we do not have the growing demand of driver ship. my 19-year-old does not have a
drivers license and does not want one. and not alone. at the same time, i would caution against st. louis more of the highway funds into transit and start looking at the overall fire nation -- dyer nature of the transportation picture in general. we will have to grow the pie in the ways that go beyond gas tax in general. because gas is now three dollars per gallon. getting higher mileage cars. not paying any tax for the roadways at all. i think we may need to temporarily raise the tax for a while to bail us out of what will be disaster in august. includeternatives must a much bigger retroactive trunk. of this ourselves out in the late 20th century.
that will involve new funding sources. however, once the trust fund goes bankrupt in august, we are not going to avoid that. it is going to happen. the $30 billion going to states will be chopped to 6 billion instantly. we will all of the sudden see the crisis that right now most of our constituents are not aware of because we are doing such a good job dealing with what little shrinking funds we do have. as we talk about funding sources, let's not fight ourselves by fighting over the shrinking pie. let's join forces with them and grow the pie and get a better trunk of that. [applause] -- better chunk of that. >> that is a great note to end on. lightning dirty second closing round.
i will ask the senator, ask about the arctic transit thing. >> thank you for being here today and inviting me to be part of the discussion. -- very good discussions. virginia wasat why able to pass the gas tax and estate that had a lot of , that may be as good model for how to get the government together and get serious about the economic future of the country. maryland is able to do it. kinds of core arguments string together the business community and democratic party .nterest >> the quick regarding argument, i think it is a vital part of it.
we understand how important it is for us as americans to see ourselves and who we are and where we are traveling through as we travel. that is crucial. i went to east berlin in the mid-1980's. and i saw what happened in that communist dystopia. you have realism everywhere. had blank walls everywhere and one of the most deck resting places -- depressing places i have ever been. it is part of what transit can do. quickly be on the art, when steve asked about what they can do, they have a grant program for small community advocacy communities, i think that can be built upon to unleash the entrepreneurialism of american advocates everywhere. there are 70 people in each one
of the community soon knows what needs to be done, who had the vision who needs help to figure out what to do so you do not ache the mistakes i first did. have someone go to the communities. bring expertise. how can you get people organized and get them for transit initiatives? changing this country the way we need to change -- change it to thrive in the century. that would be huge. >> i agree with everything said and has been an honor to be part of the panel. i think also we need to encourage towns and cities to focus on the environment going green and adopt policies for implementation that government -- regulate what you do, because that will help to guide in terms of what kind of transit transportation systems and other methods and means that you want to implement. inc. out-of-the-box.
harbor the national development happening across the river and had all of the to her -rist that will be there -0 be there andt will we wanted them to spread out thomas so i came to the idea, but operator free trolley. april laughed at me. of 6ears later part million cap -- passengers up and down a corridor, not just a chore risk but her own citizens come downtown to spend time because they did not have to worry about parking because they can ride the trolley. >> i would urge the transit operators to urge congress and urge d.o.t. to acknowledge some evolving reality of the country. number one, metropolitan areas are the centers of economic development today and will increasingly become so in the globalized economy.
key to thee the economic development within the interpol attend areas. that the social and demographic changes in the country are clearly neighboring transit and this favoring the private automobile. people are driving less. vehicle miles traveled is declining. these are in my view and many scholars, these are real trends. when you combine that with the aging of the baby boomers who will increasingly drive less in retirement, all of these changes combine requires a completely new look at how we do transportation policy and how we strike the balance between public transit and freeways and highways. thank you. >> great session. please give the panelists to hand. -- a hand.
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