Last month, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris is our country’s first woman and woman of color to hold the office of vice president. As a candidate, Biden released Build Back Better, a plan to invest in infrastructure, jumpstart the economy, and address issues like climate change, safety, and equity. Many of the priorities outlined in this plan closely align with ITS America’s priorities.
Late last year, I had the opportunity to meet with members of the transition team for the U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss our association’s transportation priorities. I asked them to consider these priorities as they prepare executive orders and legislative proposals to improve our transportation system and achieve a better future transformed by intelligent mobility - one that is safer, greener, and smarter.
We talked about COVID-19 relief and stimulus; smart transportation and infrastructure; Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and connected transportation technologies; highly automated vehicles; and sustainable and resilient transportation. I’ve captured a few highlights below, but if you’re interested, please check out the full document here.
On COVID-19 relief and stimulus, we have urged Congress to provide flexible emergency funding to offset revenue loss for public transit, public authorities, state DOTs and city and county transportation agencies.