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Bike League: B+ for Senate Transportation Bill

Posted By Angie Schmitt On May 13, 2014 @ 10:59 am In Featured | No Comments

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and her leadership colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee published their eagerly anticipated proposal for the next transportation bill — and the proposal gets a solid B+ rating from the League.

The bill offers the certainty of long term-funding that transportation agencies need to make much-needed infrastructure investments. At the same time, there are some small but important changes to make the programs run more efficiently and with greater transparency.

We’re particularly excited with some specific changes proposed in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that would ease project delivery and are very happy to see the continued emphasis on safety for all modes, and on the shift towards more local decision making.

Specifically, the bill would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop a specific non-motorized safety performance measure — a key ask at the last two National Bike Summits and the subject of a concerted campaign over the past 18 months [1].

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[1] concerted campaign over the past 18 months: http://bikeleague.org/content/tell-usdot-bicyclists-safety-counts

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