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On June 19, a Thompson Coburn transportation client had the opportunity to address a U.S. Senate Democratic Steering Committee during a discussion about job creation and investing in American infrastructure. Lee Gibson, the Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, in Reno, Nevada, spoke at a meeting of the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.

Chaired by Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), the meeting was attended by 21 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the chairs of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Budget Committee.

The RTC was the only public transit and highway entity present and gave testimony on its priorities for funding transportation initiatives, innovative contracting, private sector participation in service delivery, and needed changes in the transit bus facilities program.

RTC Senate Testimony

Lee Gibson, leaning in, the Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV, and a member of the APTA Board of Directors, participated in a June 19 session of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. Photo by U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

At the committee meeting, Senate leaders engaged in an in-depth dialogue about the importance of improving and supporting U.S. infrastructure projects. They discussed critical public transportation issues, including the reauthorization of surface transportation programs, increased funding for the Highway Trust Fund, streamlined permitting and federal environmental requirements, encouraging international investment in infrastructure, and the need for a long term transportation bill.

In a statement to Passenger Transport magazine, a publication of the American Public Transportation Association, Senator Reid said, "I was so pleased to join with 20 other senators and many leaders from different sectors to discuss ways to improve our nation's infrastructure."

"At a time when our economic recovery is most important, what better way to bring good-paying jobs to areas in critical need of construction and repair of bridges, roads, and highways," Senator Reid said. "I thank Lee Gibson for joining this important meeting to bring to the table what is important in Nevada."