Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed asked Congress to keep federal transportation funding flowing to cities and states in a trip to Washington, D.C. this week.
In testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Reed pointed out the projects that Atlanta has accomplished thanks to federal support: From fixing roads and bridges to building a streetcar line.
He then emphasized a need for that support going forward, as the city looks to embark on new efforts, including MARTA expansion.
“The challenge that we’re having in Atlanta with Interstate 85 and its [bridge] collapse really points out that an overall transportation system is needed now more than ever,” Reed said.
Reed also requested lawmakers recognize the investment that cities like Atlanta are already making in transportation. Voters in Atlanta recently approved two new sales taxes to fund road and transit efforts.
The Wednesday hearing took place shortly after U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao met with select members of Congress about a federal infrastructure package.
Upon taking office, President Donald Trump promised to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. However, his latest budget proposal shrinks transportation funding by more than $2 billion.