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As we enter 2022, ACT’s Public Policy Committee led by 15 members from the multitude of sectors and stakeholders in TDM, has laid out a full-year of outreach, advocacy, and education to advance TDM at the federal and local level. Public Policy Committee Chair Rob Henry, Vice Chair Veronica Jarvis, and Secretary Matt Meservy, in partnership with ACT leadership and the fabulous government affairs team at Smith Dawson Andrews, are driving our policy initiatives forward with force.
“After a very successful 2021, the Public Policy Committee has embarked on another aggressive work plan for 2022. We have a dynamic team in Smith Dawson Andrews and a prolific group of committee members who represent a diverse cross section of ACT’s membership. Our main goal is to make sure that TDM continues to grow and becomes an integral piece of moving us all forward past the current pandemic, while tackling the complex challenges of climate change and making sure that our transportation systems are providing equity for all,” says ACT Public Policy Committee Chair Rob Henry.
Several of ACT’s federal policy priorities for 2022 were detailed in ACT’s January Policy News. . With the passage of IIJA last November, we will focus efforts to educate on and influence the rollout of new programs that can benefit ACT members and TDM programs. With Build Back Better negotiations still up in the air and a looming appropriations deadline on February 18th, there will be a lot of intelligence to be distilled and disseminated. We will also identify opportunities to codify the definition of TDM and for ACT to push for TDM policies as legislators begin drafting annual appropriations legislation for FY2023.
Internal to the organization, it has become a high priority to update our Policy Cornerstones, which were developed in 2016. With the pandemic’s impacts on travel behavior and a much-needed focus on DE&I both internally and in our transportation systems, an overhaul is needed. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, reach out to Andrew Glass Hastings and Jessica Alba.
Other workplan priorities involve our 2022 congressional outreach strategy – stay tuned for news about #TDMWeek2022 – as well as the release of our “living document” of state and local TDM ordinances and regulations. To learn more about the TDM regulations initiative, contact Veronica Jarvis and Phil Winters.
We will also have a number of policy-related sessions and activities at this year’s Future of Commuting Summit, International Conference, and TDM Forum. And finally, tune in to our informative member meetings featuring relevant topics and speakers. Your input is highly valued. Reach out to a committee member if you have questions or feedback on local, state, or federal policy initiatives that you find worth exploring.