Summary of League wins in the IIJA/BIL
The infrastructure law included over a trillion dollars for infrastructure with almost three quarters of that going to transportation. As a comparison, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which covered transportation from 2015 to 2020, came in at $255 billion. In total, the IIJA/BIL five-year transportation authorization comes in at $550 billion, plus an additional $274 billion of one-time spending.
Some of the League priorities that made it into the IIJA/BIL are:
- Increased funding for Transportation Alternatives by more than 60%
- Requires all states to do a Vulnerable Road User Assessment to map out where fatalities and serious injuries occur, identify and label high- risk areas, and determine solutions to address vulnerable road user safety
- Requires each state to write a Complete Streets policy and standards
- Requires car safety standards to include how well new technologies like Automatic Emergency Braking work at detecting and protecting vulnerable road users
- Increased funding for discretionary grant programs like RAISE
The League looks forward to working with the US Department of Transportation, state Departments of Transportation and state and local bike advocates as we prepare for implementation of the new funding and policies. We also will continue to advocate for infrastructure programs that reinvest in communities hurt by transportation decisions of the past, and tax incentives, like the Bicycle Commuter Benefit and the e-bike tax rebate.
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