Senate Inches Forward on Transportation Bill

Margo PedrosoWhile the clock ticks quickly towards the July 31 expiration of transportation policy and funding, the Senate has been moving quickly (well, quickly for a legislative body that prides itself on a deliberative approach) to reach resolution.

House and Senate on Different Paths for Transportation

Margo PedrosoThis summer has been a busy one for transportation.  In addition to the late June committee consideration of the DRIVE Act, both the House and Senate are moving forward on transportation.

Senate Committee Unveils DRIVE Act; Needs More to Support Bicycling and Walking

Margo PedrosoToday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unveiled their new six-year transportation bill.  The DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act) primarily shores up our existing interstate and road-focused transportation system.  Unsurprisingly given its name, the bill does not adequately address the needs of communities all across the country that are increasingly

House Rejects Amendment to Limit Safe Routes to Transit

Margo PedrosoLate in the evening of June 9, as part of the House consideration of the transportation appropriations bill, Rep. Emmer (R-MN) offered an amendment that would have banned federal dollars from being used to put in sidewalks, bike racks and lighting as part of new transit projects.  This amendment was a shortsighted attempt to prevent local jurisdictions from creating safe routes to transit.

Federal Transportation Bill Extended Again: Is It Groundhog’s Day?

Margo PedrosoIf you have been following our federal transportation updates for a while, this update may sound a bit like Groundhog’s Day.  Yet again, Congress has voted to extend the MAP-21 transportation law and yet again, lack of funding is the culprit. MAP-21 is the law that enables funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking projects.

Momentum Builds for Transportation Alternatives Bill

Margo PedrosoAt the end of May, the current transportation law MAP-21 will expire unless Congress acts.  Leaders in the House and Senate are currently wrestling over their options, with Congress likely to extend the current law until at least July and possibly through the rest of the year. 

Creating Streets Where We All Feel Safe and Respected

By Katharine Bierce, Sara Zimmerman, and Norma Tassy

Ask your Senator: Speak Up for Safe Routes to School

At a time when bicycling and walking represents 12 percent of all trips, dozens of cities are added bikesharing and thousands of schools are implementing Safe Routes to School programs, some in Congress want to take away the small amount of funding Congress invests in bicycling and walking.

Two New Bills to Advance Safe Routes to School, Bicycling and Walking

Margo PedrosoCongressional supporters have introduced two new pieces of legislation to advance funding and safety for bicycling and walking.  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to support both bills.

What’s at Stake This Spring in Congress

Margo PedrosoIf you have been paying attention to how Congress has handled transportation over the past several years, you’d be justified in thinking that this May’s expiration of the MAP-21 transportation law will get pushed back by months and that you don’t need to pay attention to transportation this spring.

Congress Casts About for Transportation Funding Solution

PedrosoAs the new Congress convenes, pressure is on legislators to keep transportation dollars flowing.  The current transportation law, MAP-21, expires in just four months in May 2015.

In the Wake of the Midterm Elections, Some Big Changes Coming to Capitol Hill

The results of the November 4th elections were exactly what pollsters and political prognosticators had been indicating since early summer: a number of Republican pickups in the House, and enough wins in the Senate to take control for the first time since 2008. You can read more about the changes coming to Congress and what that might mean for walking and biking programs in our latest federal policy blog.

Two New Publications Highlight Federal Safe Routes to School Policy

This week, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership published a new policy report with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, entitled Safe Routes to School: How States are Adapting to a New Legislative Framework. Additionally, we updated our Snapshot of State Implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program. While both provide a still incomplete picture of how Safe Routes to School is faring under the now two-year-old Transportation Alternatives Program, the report in particular gives some reason for optimism. Read more about both on this month's federal policy blog.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Major New Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Advocates for bicycle and pedestrian safety are celebrating a significant victory this week, with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announcing a number of new safety initiatives to be undertaken at the USDOT. The announcement, made by Secretary Foxx at this week's Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference, couldn’t be better timed, with injuries and deaths for bicyclists and pedestrians on the rise across the nation.

A Perfect Time to Engage Your Members of Congress

Matthew ColvinAugust may be slow here in Washington D.C., but the coming several months are a great time for you at home to highlight the changes Safe Routes to School are making in your community.

Congress to Transportation: 'Maybe Next Time!'

matthew colvinAfter only a handful of hearings in the Senate and House this year focusing on a long term fix for our nation’s surface transportation needs, Congress sent a clear message last week to all those who hoped for long-term action: let’s talk next year! 

Here’s how it all went down:

No Clear Path Forward for Transportation Funding in Congress

Several months ago Matthew Colvinwe wrote about the impending mid-summer bankruptcy facing our nation’s Highway Trust Fund – the primary source of funding for America’s highway and transit programs.

Senate Draft Transportation Bill Includes Key Improvements for Safe Routes to School

Matthew ColvinToday, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released their draft bill reauthorizing MAP-21, which would fund our nation’s surface transportation programs for an additional six years.   Before the bill can come to the Senate floor for a vote, however, the Senate Finance Committee must complete the daunting task of shoring up the funding for our soon-to-be bankrupt Highway Trust Fund. 

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