As a public agency, NVTA is required to utilize a variety of means to ensure that Napa County's transportation interests are advanced and championed at a Federal, State and regional level. Political advocates enhance our ability to communicate Board approved legislative goals and program objectives and help to secure the county's fair share of federal transportation funding.
Lobbyists provide depth to the agency's coverage of legislative issues to key congressional leaders and the Executive Branch. They play an important role in providing technical expertise as well as political guidance in navigating through the complexities of the legislative process and positioning the agency for successful policy and budgetary outcomes. Moreover, given the high level of fiscal uncertainty in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento fueled in large part by the economic conditions as well as ongoing turmoil in the financial markets, combined with anticipated significant movement on the transportation policy front over the next few years, the advacocy is more important than ever.
In order to be successful, we, along with our political advocates must present a clear and coherent message to elected and appointed officials in Washington, D.C. This is especially true as Congress and the Executive Branch prepares to chart a new course on surface transportation policy when it authorizes legislation to replace the Moving Ahead For Progress In The 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation legislation. The authorization effort is likely to break new ground on both policy and finance, and as such, it is essential that our advocates are prepared to embark on aggressive lobbying efforts to champion our needs before key players at the State Legislature, on Capitol Hill and the U.S. Department of Transportation and to ensure that our interests are appropriately addressed.
Each year, the NVTA Board adopts a state and federal advocacy program. For state and national transportation resources, we use a variety or resources including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the American Public Transit Association (APTA). For more information, select the following links: http://www.mtc.ca.gov/links/state_and_national.htm
The MTC Legislative History