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Ten Reflections to Kick Off 2020

cassAs we celebrate our holidays, the end of a decade and the prospects that lie ahead I am especially grateful for our community this year and the opportunity we had to gather in person at the Safe Routes to School National Conference in Tampa, FL.

Rescissions Cancelled; New House TAP Bill Introduced

Late last week, Congress passed a bill to continue funding the federal government agencies and programs until the end of December, giving them several more weeks to keep negotiating on spending levels.  Also included in that bill, which President Trump signed into law, was language to cancel the pending transportation rescission.  As we have discussed a few times in recent months, this $7.6 billion rescission would have likely taken more than one year’s funding away from the Transportation

Safe Routes to School National Conference Highlights

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We continue to feel inspired and energized by the Safe Routes to School National Conference. Thank you to everyone who traveled to Tampa to join us, and for sharing your knowledge, challenges, and ideas over the past 3 days. If you missed the conference, we're pleased to share a recap of highlights.

Day One

Checking in with the House on the Transportation Reauthorization

Three months ago, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed its transportation reauthorization bill, the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, which included significant funding increases and policy improvements for biking and walking.  Unfortunately, we have seen no further movement in the Senate yet, and the bill must still pass through three more Senate committees before it can be voted on.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly about how States are Using TAP

It's the all-important end of the federal fiscal year, so we have a lot to report on for how states are handling their Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding.  We always see a lot of activity in the last quarter of a fiscal year, but this year we saw more than usual because states are preparing for an impending rescission.