Thursday, May 19, 2011

Federal Complete Streets Bill

In early May, Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) jointly introduced The Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 (HR 1780). The legislation is a bipartisan initiative, implementing policy to ensure the safety and ease of access for all users of the transportation system, by requiring the accommodation of their needs during planning and development. The bill directs all states and MPOs to adhere to a policy that all transportation projects will comply with Complete Streets principles, though the implications of that policy can vary widely depending on the context and is sensitive to local needs. To date, over 200 local jurisdictions and 23 states have adopted Complete Streets policies.

A previous version of Complete Streets legislation was introduced by Rep. Matsui in 2009 and collected 62 cosponsors, but was not taken up in committee. With the addition of Rep. LaTourette as a lead sponsor, the bill continues to build momentum in the 112th Congress.

APA is a member of the steering committee of the Complete Streets Coalition and we have joined a national organization letter of support for this legislation.

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