“Safe and Complete Complete Streets Act” officially introduced by Representatives Matsui and LaTourette.

Congresswoman Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman LaTourette (R-OH) officially introduced the “Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011” (HR 1780) in the House of Representatives this week. This bill would require streets built with federal funding to incorporate Complete Streets design to ensure the safety of all users. Please consider signing your organization on to a letter to your representative asking them to co-sponsor this bill.

Congressman DeFazio introduces “Providing Gas Price Relief Through Public Transportation Act of 2011.”

Congressman DeFazio (D-OR) released a new bill this week that would provide support for transit agencies in response to the twin pressures of tightening state budgets and increasing ridership due to high gas prices. This bill would provide $1.7 billion in capital and operating assistance for transit agencies to help them roll back fare increase fares and restore cut services. Here is a summary of DeFazio’s bill as well as a letter of support that Transportation for America has sent in support of the bill.

“The Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act” officially introduced.

The Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act, HR 1776 was introduced on May 5th by Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA).  The bill invests $500 million annually for low cost roadway safety infrastructure improvements and safety upgrades including updating roadway signs and pavement markings to accommodate the needs of an increasingly older population in addition to giving older drivers a louder voice at the US DOT.  The Coalition for Older Roadway User Safety (CORUS), of which T4 is a member, has issued a press release in support of the bill.