Washington, DC – Today, Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will promote evidence-based planning decisions on transportation projects. The Connecting Opportunities through Mobility Metrics and Unlocking Transportation Efficiencies (COMMUTE) Act (H.R. 1517) would create a pilot program to use data to drive improvements in transportation access and connectivity.

“Quick and efficient transportation is crucial to Utahns, not only because it makes our lives better, but it also positively impacts our environment and economic development,” said Curtis. “I am proud to co-lead this bipartisan legislation to improve the way we look at transportation options in our communities.”

Background

The COMMUTE Act would establish a pilot program that requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide states, metropolitan planning organizations, and rural planning organizations with data sets measuring the level of access by multiple modes of transportation to specific destinations. These destinations include jobs and areas with a concentration of available jobs, health care facilities, childcare services, educational and workforce training facilities, affordable housing, and food sources. Under the program, DOT would select five eligible states, 10 metropolitan planning organizations, and five rural planning organizations to participate.

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