WASHINGTON - The National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission yesterday urged lawmakers to authorize tax-credit bonds for transportation capital projects with a clear public benefit, create two grant programs that could be used by muni issuers for user-backed transportation projects, and pave the way for a future national highway system funded by mileage fees.

The 15-member commission, which issued a report, was created by Congress two years ago to make recommendations for the reauthorization of the surface transportation funding law - the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, or SAFETEA-LU, which expires Sept. 30.

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