The following is a statement from Harriet Tregoning, director of NUMO, the New Urban Mobility alliance, on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
NUMO welcomes the efforts of the United States Congress and the Biden-Harris administration to advance infrastructure investments to meet the needs of the American people. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents an historic investment in our transportation system, but whether the bill will set the U.S. on the path to transportation decarbonization, racial justice, a comprehensive and inclusive economic recovery and universal access to mobility will depend on how these investments are allocated.
Now is the time for the federal government to establish transportation performance measures to ensure that the vision laid out in the American Jobs Plan to address the climate emergency, racial justice and access to opportunity is enshrined in how this funding is distributed.
As Congress works to finalize surface transportation reauthorization, NUMO strongly encourages the Senate to consider the following key policies from the House’s transformative INVEST in America Act, and to conference the bills. These policies are essential to building an equitable, sustainable transportation system:
We also recommend Congress and the administration undertake the following:
Without these actions, the Senate will fail to realize the opportunity to galvanize a comprehensive and inclusive economic recovery and universal access to mobility in ways that also decarbonize transportation and help achieve racial justice.
NUMO looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to make sure that the ambitions of the American Jobs Plan are fully realized.
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NUMO, the New Urban Mobility alliance, is a global organization that channels tech-based disruptions in urban transport to create joyful cities where sustainable and just mobility is the new normal. Founded in 2019 as an outgrowth of the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, NUMO convenes diverse allies and leverages the momentum of significant revolutions in mobility to target urban issues — including equity, sustainability, accessibility and labor — impacted by the shifting transportation landscape. NUMO is hosted by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
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