Blog Topic: National Policy & Advocacy

Tell USDOT that Transportation is About More than Just Cars!

What the US Department of Transportation chooses to measure has an impact on which transportation projects get built in your state and community—and on your ability to feel safe while walking and bicycling to school and in your neighborhood.

Several years ago, in the MAP-21 transportation law, Congress charged the USDOT with creating a system of performance measures for which state departments of transportation (DOTs) and major metropolitan areas will set goals for improvement – and then fund and build transportation projects that make progress towards those goals.

Measuring Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety: USDOT Says It Matters

At a recent grantmaking conference, one of the speakers emphasized the role of evaluation by saying that if you can’t measure something, it doesn’t matter.  Thanks to a new rule from the US Department of Transportation, all states will now be required to measure and be held accountable for bicycle and pedestrian safety.   

The Low-Down on Transportation Alternatives Funding for 2016

While Congress passed the new transportation law, the FAST Act, back in December, it takes time for US Department of Transportation to update their complicated formulas for how much states and localities get for various programs. Fortunately, that work is done and we now know the state-by-state breakdown of funding available for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking projects.

Getting to Know TAP

We are now six weeks out from when Congress passed the FAST Act, securing funding for Safe Routes to School and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for five more years. Here at the National Partnership, we've been spending a lot of time educating advocates about what changed and what didn't in the FAST Act, and gathering as much information as we can to help you access the funding. Here's what you need to know now--plus a new resource to keep your eye out for!

A New Year, A New Transportation Law: What Now?

We have been advocating together for three years for a new transportation bill that supports Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling.  Now that Congress has passed the FAST Act and locked in funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (or as it is now also known the STP Setaside), what should advocates be focusing on?

Congress Locks In Funding for Safe Routes with New Five-Year Transportation Bill

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which is the final transportation agreement negotiated between the House and Senate.  Once the Senate passes the agreement, expected by early next week, a new five-year transportation law will be in effect.

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