DRIVE Act could step up Complete Streets implementation

Indy Mass Ave credit Ian FreimuthThe Cultural Trail in Indianapolis, IN exemplifies design flexibility in creating streets that are safe and inviting for walking, bicycling, and driving. Photo by Ian Freimuth.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved its draft six-year bill, the DRIVE Act, this week. Included in the bill are several provisions that would provide the long-term stability that states, regions, and local communities need to plan and build good projects and offers important steps forward for safe, multimodal streets.

The Committee’s bill includes:

A few amendments that further Complete Streets goals were offered in Committee, but not included in the package for changes ultimately approved. We thank Senator Markey for offering an amendment to include the full text of the Safe Streets Act, and Senator Gillibrand for offering an amendment to fund Vision Zero plans and implementation.

Three more committees will now need to offer their sections of this bill. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will handle public transportation systems. The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will focus on safety, buses, and railroads. And the Finance Committee will need to figure out how to pay for the bill’s programs. Stay tuned.

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