September 2015

Washington Report from Congressman Farr

At the September RTC meeting, Congressman Sam Farr provided a report on federal legislative issues, expressing frustration that a long-term transportation act has not yet been approved in the House. With insufficient federal gas tax revenue, due to the tax not having been increased since 1994 and losing value due to inflation and more fuel efficient vehicles, funding for transportation projects is sparse and projects will need to be “shovel ready” when funding becomes available. The RTC delivered an excellence award from the American Planning Association to the Congressman in recognition of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan. Congressman Farr has long championed the trail project for which he has helped secure millions of dollars. He emphasized the importance of the project for providing access to the coastline for transportation and recreation.

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