A majority of the nation’s mayors want the new highway bill coming from Congress to emphasize streets and bridges over highways and to provide financing tools such as Build America Bonds, TIFIA loans or a national infrastructure bank.

“If you don’t want to add to the federal credit card,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, then this kind of innovative financing, using low-interest loans from the federal government, would be far cheaper than the standard matching-grant programs.

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