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Transportation Coalition commends Congress for passage of 2 yr transportation funding

Transportation Coalition commends Congress for passage of 2 yr transportation funding

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, June 29, 2012 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, praised the U.S. Congress today for approving a two-year $105 billion surface transportation reauthorization measure ending months of temporary reauthorizations that have greatly hampered state transportation departments from planning and constructing long-term highway and bridge projects. The measure now is headed to President Obama for consideration.

“This is an important day for Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure system,” said TRUST president Neal McCaleb. “This measure maintains Oklahoma’s share of the federal funding formula at current levels while dramatically reducing the time it takes to gain environmental approval, and at same time closes several loopholes that have delayed projects across the state for many years. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will now have much more certainty in their long-range planning which will expedite construction projects across the state. The legislation also allows Oklahoma to continue to receive more federal funding than the state pays in federal fuel taxes which is positive for our future.”

Senator Jim Inhofe, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was a lead architect of the measure while Fifth District Representative James Lankford, a freshman member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, represented Oklahoma on the House side.

“Oklahoma is privileged to have two outstanding representatives in Senator Inhofe and Congressman Lankford protecting our transportation funding in Washington. Senator Inhofe, as ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, deserves a tremendous amount of credit for getting the measure to the President’s desk, and Congressman Lankford, in less than two years on the job, has been an extremely strong voice for transportation in the House. TRUST commends both of these public servants for their service to Oklahoma.”

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a top priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of more than 120 statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more visit www.RestoreTRUST.org

Contacts:

Neal McCaleb, TRUST president, 405.740.3533, nmccaleb@aol.com
John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net


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