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National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission Congratulates the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project on Issuance of its Final Report

The National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission released the following statement in response to the report released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project entitled “Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy.”

The final report of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) makes a very significant contribution to the debate about how to improve the performance of our national surface transportation system, expand the funding available to meet critical transportation investment needs, and increase the effectiveness of how we as a nation spend transportation funding. The National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission (Financing Commission) congratulates the NTPP for its important efforts and takes this opportunity to highlight several places where its report reinforces or complements our own findings and recommendations, as articulated in the Financing Commission’s final report entitled Paying Our Way: A New Framework for Transportation Finance, released February 26, 2009. In making these comments, the Financing Commission emphasizes that Congress and the Administration, along with state and local policy makers, must begin to address these issues immediately. The work of the NTPP highlights the need for bold leadership to reform and redouble our nation’s lagging efforts to support critical infrastructure investment.