77th Annual Meeting

TRANSPORTATION POLICY

WHEREAS, more than 50 mayors and other leaders met at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Action Forum on Environment and Energy in Miami on October 1-2, 2008, to develop an action agenda on Environment and Energy; and

WHEREAS, following that meeting a working group of mayors drafted a national action agenda on Environment and Energy; and

WHEREAS, that national action agenda includes a series of findings and recommendations relating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in local communities and metro areas; and

WHEREAS, the mayors found that:

  • The U.S. transportation sector - its systems and practices - has played a significant part in growing the nation's energy dependency on foreign energy supplies, principally petroleum, and in contributing to higher oil prices and other energy price increases;

  • In 2007, 69 percent of the nation's total petroleum products were consumed in the transportation sector, with petroleum products powering more than 98 percent of the nation's transportation mobility;

  • This nation cannot deal with our energy and climate challenges, without confronting the transportation sector;

  • all federally-assisted transportation investments must address energy and climate concerns, through a series of dramatic shifts in federal policies and programs that emphasize electrification of cars and transit facilities, substitution of alternative and renewable energy fuels for petroleum-based fuels, and increased attention to the design and development of cities and regions to promote more efficient mobility patterns, including increased reliance on non-motorized travel options;

  • To accelerate the achievement of these outcomes, federal policy must empower local elected officials, especially in metropolitan areas, to make the decisions on how federal transportation resources are invested, a shift this is especially crucial to change energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions in this sector,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors adopts as its policy on Transportation Policy called for by the mayors in the National Action Agenda on Environment and Energy to urge the President and Congress to do the following:

  • Adopt a metropolitan mobility program, ensure that investments reflect energy and climate challenges, and eliminate program silos.

  • Adopt procurement policies, at the Federal level, that would require plug-in vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and/or other alternative fuel vehicles.

  • Accelerate investment in rail transportation, both freight and passenger rail.