Advocacy

Issue Brief: Resilient Streets (Roads Not Roses)

The Issue

ASLA opposes legislation that would eliminate funding for green infrastructure projects in our nation’s transportation rights-of-way. 

Background & Analysis

On June 3, 2015, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO) introduced H.R. 2606, the Roads Not Roses Act, which would eliminate federal funding for ALL federal transportation projects.  ASLA vehemently opposes this legislation and any similar amendments. 

Landscape architects plan and design transportation projects that not only provide many transportation choices for users, like bicycling, walking, and transit, but also provide a myriad of economic, social, environmental, and human health benefits.  In particular, landscape architects use integrated vegetation management (IVM), also known as green infrastructure or low-impact development, in nearly all transportation projects to help stabilize the project and prevent erosion. IVM practices also help protect against invasive species and are a low-cost tool to address stormwater management in our nation’s rights-of-way. Green infrastructure on our roads and highways is also critical to supporting a healthy pollinator population, which is needed to help protect our nation’s food supply.

ASLA seeks to educate policy makers and other stakeholders that currently the inclusion of trees, shrubs, and other plants as components of infrastructure investment is less about aesthetics and more about the tangible value green infrastructure brings to transportation projects, communities, and the nation.

History

On November 4, 2015, Rep. Hartzler used the language of H.R. 2606 to offer an amendment to the House of Representatives’ reauthorization of the surface transportation bill.  After intense advocacy efforts by ASLA, the amendment failed by a vote of 172–255 ( Roll Call Vote 594). Also, on June 10, 2014, Rep. Hartzler offered the language of H.R. 2606 as amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Transportation and House and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which failed by a vote of 188–237 ( Roll Call 282).

Currently, there is not a companion bill to H.R. 2606 pending in the U.S. Senate.   

Current Status

H.R. 2606 was introduced on June 3, 2015, and was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s subcommittee on Highways and Transit, where it is awaiting further action.   

Sponsors
Representative Vicky Hartzler (MO) and co-sponsors.
  

Resources
Resilient Street Talking Points
Resilient Streets
Rep. Hatzler's floor statement
Resilient Streets FAQs


Related ASLA Policies
Transportation Corridors & Facilities
Livable Communities
Urban Growth and Development
Universal Design

Contact

ASLA Government Affairs
governmentaffairs@asla.org 

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