Whereas Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC) introduced HR 2391 on May 4, 2017 to phase out federal funding for public transportation projects starting in 2018 so that no federal highway funds are available for transit projects by 2022, and further
Whereas most of the Charleston area's urban core has no remaining space for additional roadways or lanes so that the only way to provide additional transportation capacity in the region's urban core will be the construction of high capacity transit systems to relieve the burden on our existing road system so that those who choose to drive will not end up being trapped in gridlock, and further
Whereas in November, 2016 Charleston County voters chose to fund 600 million dollars in public transit improvements in the County over the next 25 years including a 250 million dollar appropriation for construction of a bus rapid transit line from Summerville to Charleston. This would constitute a 65% or more local match for Federal Funding of that needed project, which will relieve the congestion of the Congressman's constituents in Charleston and Dorchester Counties. Such funding has been provided from these funds for construction of transit projects and highways across the US for the past 65 years and has recently been approved by the US Congress to continue. The plans for this project contemplated a traditional federal match when approved by the voters.
BE IT RESOLVED, that Congressman Mark Sanford should immediately withdraw his support for HR 2391 and commit to seeking appropriate federal matching funds to extend and enhance the impact of the 600 million dollars in local transportation funding appropriated and paid by Charleston County Voters, including the full amount of Federal support necessary to complete the planned Bus Rapid Transit System at the earliest responsible and possible time, for the benefit of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.
The Tell Mark Sanford Not to Cut Transit Funds petition to US Congressman Mark Sanford was written by Lowcountry Up Is Good, PAC and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.