Legislation Calls for National Plan

Senators John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced legislation last week calling for the creation a strategic plan for the nation's surface transportation system. The Federal Surface Transportation Policy and Planning Act of 2009 would create a cohesive national policy with performance-based outcomes. In a press statement, Senator Lautenberg said "This legislation will establish a national policy that improves safety, reduces congestion, creates jobs, and protects our environment."

Some of the major goals of the bill include:

  • Reduce national per capita motor vehicle miles traveled on an annual basis;
  • Reduce national motor vehicle-related fatalities by 50 percent by 2030;
  • Reduce national surface transportation-generated carbon dioxide levels by 40 percent by 2030;
  • Reduce national surface transportation delays per capita on an annual basis;
  • Increase the percentage of system-critical surface transportation assets that are in a state of good repair by 20 percent by 2030;
  • Increase the total usage of public transportation, intercity passenger rail services, and non motorized transportation on an annual basis;
  • Increase the proportion of national freight transportation provided by non-highway or multimodal services by 10 percent by 2020; and
  • Reduce passenger and freight transportation delays and congestion at international points of entry on an annual basis.
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