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In 2015, Congress adopted the first long-term surface transportation law in more than a decade, known as the “FAST Act.” The bill was virtually silent on Transportation Demand Management and issues of emerging, technology-enabled mobility, the willingness and ability of the private sector to finance portions of the highway and transit infrastructure, or electric/hybrid vehicles that by virtue of their fuel source make little or no contribution to the highway trust fund.
It is past time to elevate the national conversation about infrastructure beyond just the breadth and cost of it. We need 1) to focus on creating efficiencies within our existing transportation systems and 2) to reward those, public or private, providing public services on a more effective, efficient basis than we receive today.
On July 30, 2019, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee passed America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. Read our summary here.