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Haggerty to serve on national committee

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 1:31 pm in Alameda County, Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Haggerty

Haggerty

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty has been appointed chairman of the National Association of Counties’ Transportation Steering Committee. See full release below.

PRESS RELEASE

The National Association of Counties (NACo) President Valerie Brown of Sonoma County, announced her appointment of Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty to Chair its Transportation Steering Committee.  The committee creates and advances the transportation agenda of NACo and county governments.

A priority for the committee is developing policy for the Federal Surface Transportation Program which expired in September.  The committee proposal includes – developing future highway, bridge and transit programs that focuses on reliability, system preservation, innovative solutions and partnerships; and an improved system of project delivery, flexibility and improved accountability that will contribute to a better federal program.  “Effectively funding this program will be critical to its success but Congress is reluctant to consider possible funding options that include taxes,” said Haggerty.  “Further delay only exacerbates the lack of attention to the condition of existing infrastructure and to the increased need for expansion.  But the committee is working on a strategy to help Congress identify a practical approach to funding this crucial federal program.”

Haggerty is well-qualified for the position having served in various capacities at NACo that include vice chair of Mass Transit and Railroad subcommittee.  Haggerty is also an active member of numerous Bay Area transportation boards and commissions.  He currently serves as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission which coordinates regional transportation planning and funding for the nine-county Bay Area region.  Haggerty represents the First District on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors which includes the cities of Fremont, Pleasanton, Livermore, a portion of Dublin and eastern unincorporated Alameda County

Founded in 1935, The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  NACo’s membership totals more than 2,000 counties, representing 80 percent of the nation’s population.

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