Titus proposes to reroute some U.S. transportation funds to local groups

Written By:

Richard N. Velotta

Dina Titus press conference

A portion of federal transportation funding would be detoured to a grant program administered by representatives of local community organizations under legislation introduced by Rep. Dina Titus.

Titus, D-Nev., gave details of her Innovation in Surface Transportation Act in an announcement Monday at Regional Transportation Commission offices.

The legislation is designed to put some transportation funding decisions in the hands of local government leaders and community organizations like chambers of commerce, travel and tourism boards, transit agencies, labor unions and other public interest groups.

“It’s intended to empower state stakeholders who are impacted by state transportation investment decisions, but who aren’t at the table right now,” she said.

No additional taxes or fees are written into the bill. Funds for the grant program would come from a reapportionment of existing transportation funds directed to each state.

Under existing funding formulas and allocations, $54 million would be directed to the grant fund this year.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who serves with Titus on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

At Monday’s announcement, Kristin McMillan, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross endorsed the proposal.

Source:

Las Vegas Review-Journal