Friday, March 11, 2011

Let Your Voice Be Heard on Transportation Issues


Congressman John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, will hold a field hearing this Monday, in Maitland, Florida on the federal transportation bill and ways to improve and reform our nation’s surface transportation.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to thank Congressman Mica for his strong support for Florida high speed rail and to bring our transportation concerns to him.

While there will not be an opportunity for public comment, written comments are welcomed.  If you have a comment you wish to submit to Congressman Mica, please email it to me ( no later than noon on Sunday, March 13. 

On Monday, I and other Sierra Club staff and volunteers will deliver your written comments to Congressman Mica.  We will send a very clear message --
Floridians need a transportation system that ends our dependence on oil, reduces air pollution that harms our health, and provides clean, efficient transportation options like expanded public transit and safe bicycle and pedestrian paths.

For those who live in central Florida and want to join us at the field hearing, it will be held this Monday, March 14 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at the Maitland Civic Center, 641 South Maitland Ave., Maitland, Florida.  

Click "Read more" below for the more details on the hearing provided by the House Transportation Committee:



Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Congressman John L. Mica, Chairman

2165 Rayburn H.O.B.  Washington, D.C.  20515     202.225.9446

For Immediate Release                                   Contact: Justin Harclerode (Transportation) (202) 226-8767
March 11, 2011                                                         Alan Byrd (Rep. Mica District Office) 407-415-8470                                                      

Media Advisory

Central Florida Congressional Hearing on Major Transportation Bill

Washington, DC – House Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) on Monday will conduct a Congressional field hearing in Central Florida on pending major transportation legislation.  This will be the only scheduled field hearing in Florida on the transportation bill.

The Committee is conducting an extensive series of meetings across the country with state and local officials and transportation stakeholders in order to gather information and innovative ideas for drafting a long-term reauthorization of the nation’s highway, transit, and highway safety programs.  Specifically, the Committee is seeking input on how to consolidate and improve the performance of programs, cut government red tape and streamline the delivery of projects, and increase private sector investment in our infrastructure.  This pending legislation will help improve our infrastructure and promote job creation in Central Florida and the United States, particularly in the hard-hit construction industry.  The Committee hearing is also expected to focus on transportation project failures and how to address the issue.

“The best ideas to improve and streamline government programs often come from outside of Washington, and hearings in Florida and across the nation will provide the Committee with valuable insight and ideas as the Committee drafts the next major transportation bill,” Mica said.

The field hearing is open to public and press.  Chairman Mica and members of the Committee will be available to answer questions from the media immediately following the hearing.

WHAT:           Congressional Field Hearing on Pending Major Transportation Legislation,
                        Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL)
                        Ranking Democrat Nick J. Rahall (D-WV)
                        Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)
                        Other members of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

WHEN:           9:30 a.m., Monday, March 14, 2011, immediately followed by media availability from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

WHERE:         Maitland Civic Center, 641 South Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751

·         The Honorable Frank Bruno, County Chair, County of Volusia
·         Ananth Prasad, Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Operations, Florida Department of Transportation
·         Bob Burleson, President, Florida Transportation Builders Association
·         Randy Whitfield, Staff Director, Palm Beach MPO
·         Geoffrey Yarema, Partner, Nossaman Guthner Knox Elliot, LLP
·         Richard P. Lawless, President and CEO, U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail
·         Additional witnesses may be added

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Submitted by Marti Daltry, Conservation Organizer, Ft. Myers, FL