Last year the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which serves as our local MPO, transit authority and traffic management agency, enacted a “complete streets” planning policy that will ensure that future transportation projects take into account issues like connectivity, multi-modal use and future growth. This kind of forward thinking not only leads to better designed projects but reduces costs in the long term and saves lives.
More and more communities across the country are adopting “complete streets” policies every year. As members of Congress, it is our responsibility to support and incentivize these forward-thinking policies. They not only contribute to an improved quality of life but also bolster the local economy by creating jobs and moving people and products more efficiently.
All too often Congress moves from one man-made crisis to the next, injecting uncertainty into the economy. With Highway Trust Fund insolvency looming this summer and state DOTs planning to delay or cut contracts during the height of the construction season, we cannot afford, nor can we risk, kicking this can down an already deteriorated road. It is time for Congress to step up, come together and offer real solutions to support transportation infrastructure that isn’t maintained to the lowest common denominator, but meets the needs of a growing nation for today and generations to come.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.