The Next Transportation Bill Starts Now

Think nothing’s happening in Congress? Think again.

Just this week, the room was packed for a hearing of the critical House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (pictured right). With the expiration of the current bill, MAP-21, looming, committee chair Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) said in no uncertain terms that he wants to “take action” on a new bill in late spring or early summer.

That means T&I Committee Members and staff are working on the contents of such a bill, probably as we speak. And that means the voice of bicyclists needs to be heard in Congress right now.

We know we make a difference. When it was all but certain that we would lose all dedicated funding for biking and walking in MAP-21, we mobilized, not just with hundreds of thousands of emails, but with a commanding presence in the offices of our elected officials on the Hill. Because we stood up, we won back important dollars for bicyclists and pedestrians when most had counted us out.