This report summarizes a series of meetings held in November and December 1993 that were designed to seek out views on how the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) works in regions throughout the nation. Led by Deputy Secretary Mortimer Downey and Associate Deputy Secretary Michael Huerta, the Department of Transportation (DOT) leadership team sought out the views of governors, state legislators, mayors and city councilmembers, county elected officials, and port, transit and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) leaders. Across the country, the basic thrust of the discussions indicated strong support for ISTEA. In region after region, state and local officials emphasized that transportation improvements and an efficient transportation system are vital to the economy. Ten general areas of nationwide concern emerged. The DOT was urged to: 1) Support full funding of ISTEA; 2) Simplify the ISTEA project approval process; 3) Oversee the planning and funding allocation process to assure it works as intended; 4) Reduce the complexity of ISTEA regulations; 5) Encourage more flexibility and cooperation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in helping communities meet air quality goals; 6) Use transportation planning to maximize system efficiency and support economic development; 7) Expand ISTEA outreach and training; 8) Increase the priority for freight projects; 9) Give rural areas a fair shake in the distribution of funds; and 10) Emphasize preservation of the existing transportation system infrastructure. In response to the recommendations from the roundtable meetings, the Secretary has approved a detailed Action Plan that designates the agencies responsible for achieving each task and a timeline for completion. This Action Plan is included in this report.

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    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1994-3


  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00670437
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 20 1994 12:00AM