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A reader writes: “The U.S. House [Transportation and Infrastructure Committee] came out with its pre-election transportation policy: The Moving Forward Framework, and access measures made it into what is otherwise a high-level policy document (with no hint about how they plan to pay for their wishlists.)”
On Access to Jobs:
It’s infrastructure investment that is smarter, safer, and made to last – with a framework that:
- Ensures a transportation system that is green, affordable, reliable, efficient and provides access to jobs
Modernizes Project Planning – Requires States and MPOs to prioritize transportation access and to consider during the planning process all system users, job access, connections to housing, and creation of transportation options in underserved communities.
Revamps Existing Formula Programs
Amends core highway formula programs to prioritize investments and improve program implementation:
Fix it First – Prioritizes maintaining and improving existing infrastructure and bringing it up to a state of good repair, including roads, bridges, tunnels, and ferry systems.
On Road Pricing
Tackles Congestion Equitably – Institutes tighter standards around tolling and congestion pricing.
Tests the Viability of New Transportation User Fees
Transforms revenue collection and distribution by authorizing a multi-year national pilot program to test revenue collection to ensure the future viability and equity of surface transportation user fees, including a vehicle-miles travelled fee.
It’s almost as if it were written by a reader of this blog.