Senate Commerce Includes Complete Streets

Last evening, the Senate Commerce Committee completed consideration of their portion of the surface transportation reauthorization bill (S 1732) that included language for a federal Complete Streets policy. The language was offered by the bipartisan team of Senators Brian Schatz (HI), Dean Heller (NV), Edward Markey (MA), and Tom Udall (NM). The National Complete Streets Coalition, of which ASLA is a Steering Committee member, worked with Complete Streets supporters in the Senate to include the language.

The measure, which passed the committee by a vote of 13-11, did NOT include language to strip the popular Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, as was previously considered. During committee remarks, Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) referenced a letter of support for TIGER that was signed by over 150 national and local organizations, including ASLA.

Senate Commerce Committee is one of three panels in the chamber that has a hand in surface transportation authorization, with jurisdiction over rail and safety issues. The Environment and Public Works Committee oversees highways and other surface transportation and the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee deals with transit.

The full Senate is expected to begin consideration of a six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill as early as next Tuesday.


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