Our highways, railways, airports, ports and waterways, and transit systems help to drive our economy. A multimodal transportation system can build a stronger and more connected Louisiana, a healthier economy, and more vibrant communities by acknowledging and acting on the following principles:
Louisiana faces a $12.7 billion backlog of transportation construction projects. Addressing this backlog of projects will not only serve the people of our state, but also will support our state’s economy. Some of our transportation issues pose national and international challenges that must be addressed. In the past, funds meant for transportation have been diverted for other uses and transportation projects have not always been a big enough priority in the state’s Capital Outlay budget.
Recently, dollars spent directly on the transportation system have dwindled and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is now concentrating on sustaining the state’s aging infrastructure instead of building for our future. An infusion of dollars into Louisiana’s transportation system would put these improvements back on track to deliver the future we deserve – one that will grow our economy while enhancing our quality of life. Possible options for addressing the state’s transportation issues include committing $1 billion each year to support new transportation construction and looking at a number of revenue-raising measures and federal partnership opportunities to fund this critical work, among other things.
Ending the practice of using the state Transportation Trust Fund for alternative purposes and ultimately restoring the trust in the Transportation Trust Fund.
Committing over 25 percent of the annual capital outlay cash capacity to construction for roads and bridges – increasing the state commitment to these projects to $108 million in the Capital Outlay Bill for FY17.
Maximizing the use of federal funds, which will greatly expand Louisiana’s ability to address the backlog of transportation infrastructure projects plaguing our state.
Addressing a long-term sustainable plan to reduce Louisiana’s current $12.7 billion backlog of transportation infrastructure projects.