Today landscape architects and all those who have fought so hard for active transportation policies applaud the U.S. Senate for passing S. 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the surface transportation reauthorization bill. Throughout the process, ASLA has strongly urged senators to address the nation’s critical transportation and infrastructure needs, including providing adequate access for the millions of Americans that bike, walk, and use transit as their mode of transportation.
“ASLA members plan and design active transportation projects like bicycle and walking paths and trails, multi-modal transportation corridors, green streets, and other projects that are essential for achieving healthy, sustainable, economically-vibrant communities.
“As amended, MAP-21 will continue to allow local communities to compete for Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds and will continue the successful Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The final bill also includes a safety provision that would lead to safe and complete streets, which will help to ensure that all transportation users are considered while planning transportation networks and corridors.
“The final Senate bill will help preserve more than 2.8 million jobs including employment opportunities for landscape architects and other design and construction personnel while also helping to achieve economic development for communities around the country.”
“We urge the House of Representatives to also pass a comprehensive surface transportation bill that meets the pent up demand for multi-modal, active transportation infrastructure in communities across the country.”
The Senate passed MAP-21 by a bi-partisan vote of 74-22.
For more information on ASLA transportation policies visit www.asla.org/advocacy.