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Will the USBRS be part of the federal transportation bill?

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GSullivan:
Chairman Oberstar and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced the Surface Transportation Bill of 2009. Read it at http://transportation.house.gov/

Read Bike Portland's blog http://bikeportland.org/2009/06/18/oberstars-500b-t-bill-would-establish-livability-office-us-bike-route-system/

And the media take on it http://www.examiner.com/x-2429-DC-Bicycle-Transportation-Examiner~y2009m6d21-Oberstar-reveals-transportation-blueprint


GSullivan:
Okay Forum Members (and interested others)
The section of the bill that pertains to the USBRS is under the Office of Livability Sec 1203, pg 198. The section that addresses implementation of the U.S. Bicycle Routes is on pg 214 (A) lines 10-15. This language needs to be changed to reflect the operational process that AASHTO established for developing U.S. Bicycle Routes through the State DOTs. Just wanted to point out that the task force is working on this!

John Nettles:
Ginny,

Do you know the status of this and any updates?

Thanks, John

GSullivan:
Sorry I am so tardy getting back to you on the state of the federal transportation bill. As of now, it's slated to stay as an extension until end of Dec 2010. Congress/Senate must come up with revenues to fund a transportation bill - sustainable funding. Right now, with the trust fund bankrupt, the general fund is financing SAFE TEA-LU extension.

There is good news however, Secretary of the US DOT, Ray Lahood is all in favor of livability and has developed a new bike/ped policy that emphasizes a change in the way DOTs do business.

Read Ray's blog: Fast Lane http://fastlane.dot.gov/
Read the policy: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2010/bicycle-ped.html

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