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Advocacy

CTC Advocacy Principles

How does CTC develop its advocacy positions?

CTC does virtually no lobbying, but we do take positions and submit position papers on major transportation projects. What methodology and principles do we invoke to formulate these comments and positions?

A. First we gather, research, and develop information regarding the issue. This will often include identifying the scope, purpose, and need of the project, and the laws, regulations, ordinances, guidances applicable to the project.
B. Then we apply our mission and principles, and
C. Then we apply a cost benefit analysis including these general constraints and other issue-specific constraints:

1.      Fix it first;
2.      Spend scarce transportation dollars where the people are;
3.      Spend efficiently where the dollars will do the most good; 
4.      Make honest evaluations of costs and benefits including mode externalities;
5.      Promote multi-modes and particularly projects for those who cannot
drive and projects that will help HGAC with its air quality issues;
6.      Bicycle, pedestrian, and other nonmotorized projects provide
inexpensive infrastructure and right of way, and safe and healthful
mobility, particularly for shorter trips;
7.      Promote freight and rail projects that will aid delivery and export
of commerce and goods and service;
8.      Abate damage and harms to communities and property owners caused by
transportation projects such as unlawful noise impacts and disruption
of established communities and businesses caused by suboptimal project
designs;
9.      The public should have a reasonable right to participate at all
levels of project design and environmental mitigation, including
project changes after approvals are granted;
10.     Require land developers and commercial owners to bear their share
of sidewalk, access, drainage, and other mobility design features;
11.     While jobs and commerce are important, land development and
speculation should be taken out of the top focus or objective for
transportation dollars and direct and indirect land holdings by
transportation policy officials should be continually revealed;
12.     Contracts for PPPs and other long-term financial commitments and
encumbrances must be made available to the public for scrutiny to give
meaning to fiscally constrained;
13.     Real numbers must be used to measure fiscal constraints; “numbers
must be available to the public for all transportation expenses
whether at the federal, state, county, or local level, and reported in
a format that can be reviewed by the public.

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