The senses. Markey and Van Hollen, Reps. Pappas and Huffman Urge Biden Administration to Seek Full Funding for New Bike-and-Walk Program in President’s Budget

Lawmakers seek administrative support for active transportation infrastructure investment program they successfully included in bipartisan infrastructure law

Washington (February 9, 2022) – Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), urging the Biden administration to seek full funding for the new capital program in active transport infrastructures – recently authorized in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—in the President’s proposed annual budget for fiscal year 2023.

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) is a modified version of the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Actthat legislators introduced and successfully secured in the recent bipartisan Infrastructure Act. This program authorizes $200 million per year – for a total of $1 billion over five years – to connect walking and cycling infrastructure to accessible, affordable and safe active transportation networks that allow people to reach destinations within a community, as well as travel between communities, without ever needing a car. Funds are now needed to implement this new program.

“Full funding from ATIIP would help meet the overwhelming demand nationwide for active transportation networks that provide opportunities to walk and cycle safely to everyday destinations,” write to lawmakers in their letter to DOT Secretary Buttigieg and Acting OMB Director Shalanda Young. “ATIIP would also help our country achieve key goals the Biden administration has set for transportation investments, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reversing rising death tolls and serious injuries among pedestrians and cyclists, providing equitable mobility options and rebuilding our local economies from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A copy of the lawmakers’ letter can be found HERE.

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Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act has been endorsed by: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Adventure Cycling, America Walks, American College of Sports Medicine, American Public Health Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Trails, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, East Coast Greenway, League of American Bicyclists, LOCUS, National Disability Rights Network, National League of Cities, National Recreation and Parks Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Outdoor Industry Association, People for Bikes, Policy Link, Project for Public Spaces , Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, Transportation for America, Southern Environmental Law Center and Trust for America’s Health.

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