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Public Policy Agenda - Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition

Federal Transportation Infrastructure

A Well-Designed Transport Network

Transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of the Great Lakes Region, the most integrated and one of the largest economies in the world.  The Great Lakes needs transportation infrastructure policy and funding that creates jobs now and supports the metro regions that operate as global gateways and centers of trade and commerce.   Transportation policy must encourage projects with significant regional potential and national impact and focus on trade corridors which will help get manufactured, agricultural, and mined goods to market. 

During the 114th Congress, GLMCC strongly supported the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, promoting improved surface transportation infrastructure.

GLMCC also supports a robust Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the federal marine infrastructure act which includes many provisions impacting the Great Lakes.  The House and Senate have passed WRDA and are in discussions now about resolving differences in order to finalize the legislation during the lame duck session after the election.  

GLMCC continues to advocate for a number of provisions in the WRDA bill including: 

  - Make permanent the Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS) 10% set-aside of priority Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) funding;

  - 90-day deadline for Corps to publish guidance on managing the GLNS as a system;

  - HMTF annual funding floor mechanism;

  - Upper Ohio River navigation project authorization; and

  - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative reauthorization.