TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Staff Contact: Tom
- Support efforts that insure maximum funding for New York transportation programs, continued funding under TEA-21 re-authorization, and infrastructure investment encompassing all
modes of transportation necessary for the economic success of New York State's businesses and industry.
- Urge the state Department of Transportation to include in the updated Transportation Master Plan (i) the focus on regional and international trade and transit corridors (ii) the role of
technology in improving transportation efficiencies and (iii) the need for greater collaboration between levels of government within New York State and among transit officials from other
states and Canada.
- Support legislation to continue existing levels of Dedicated Highway Trust Fund. In this regard, dedicated highway user fees must be used only for the purpose of improving the state's
road and bridges and should be held accountable to the public.
- As New York's current transportation infrastructure funding plan is being reviewed and updated, the state must adopt a forward-looking, multi-year plan that will sufficiently address
needed repairs to its multi-modal improvement projects.
- Support elimination of New York State's truck mileage tax provided that the amount of dedicated highway funding be maintained at or above current levels to allow for continued
transportation infrastructure projects.
- Support current funding allocations between road and bridges and mass transit.
- Support a capital funding program for railway infrastructure projects and port development and federal support for port dredging initiatives.
- Support legislation that would eliminate the Petroleum Business Tax (PBT).
- Support legislation to promote the market penetration of advanced technology motor vehicles through incentive-based, market-driven strategies such as consumer tax credits, fueling
infrastructure tax incentives, and research and development investment; oppose state legislation or regulations that would impose state-level limits or mandates on the emission of
greenhouse gases from motor vehicles.
- Support the position that federal standards and requirements sufficiently provide for the safe transportation of hazardous materials.
- Support homeland security efforts to insure that New York's international border crossings and bridges are properly upgraded and improved and share in regional and national funding
- Oppose legislation that would increase the cost of shipping goods into New York, including legislation that would require the licensing by the state of federally licensed docking pilots.
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