When Keith Parker from San Antonio's VIA asked about funding through Small Starts and Very Small Starts, Rohoff talked about how statutory changes need to be made to those programs, as well and as one example, pointed out it's more than stupid to have two separate environmental approvals required for projects.
"We're all pretty much on the same page; we all recognize the process takes too long." He continued, "We need a balanced approach to look at projects."
During the morning coffee break, everyone here was a buzz about what Rogoff had to say and about the latest news coming out of DC in regards to transportation funding.
Melaniphy said of Rogoff, "We are very fortunate to have his leadership at this pivotal time."
Ken Anderson with RNL Design said, "One of the key things for us in the business community is the streamlining of proposals and the elimination of duplications in the process. That would help us deliver an even-better product."
Steve Meyer with the UTA said, "The President's proposal, especially the funding proposed for transit, is fantastic. The long-term commitment allows us to plan so we can provide the best service to our community."
Again, it can't be stressed enough, a vote is happening at 5 today so you need to contact your representative now. As a constituent, as an advocate for public transportation, and/or as an employee in the transit industry, everyone needs to make that call.
Not sure who to call, what to say? Contact APTA, SWTA, your state association ... there are many resources available to help get you in contact. Visit the websites, give them a call, or refer to the information above regarding the amendment votes today.