Congressional COMMUTE bill would boost accessibility metrics (SB654 & HB1517)

A new bipartisan bill in Congress would provide funding for DOTs and MPOs to apply innovative accessibility metrics to decision-making.

The COMMUTE bill, S.B. 654 and H.B. 1517, was introduced March 5 by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) and John Curtis (R-Utah).

It would require U.S. DOT to provide data and support for five state DOTs and 10 MPOs to measure access to destinations by various modes.

SSTI has been at the forefront of the effort to apply accessibility to transportation and land use decisions. Accessibility not only better measures the effectiveness of the transportation system than do older measures, but it also allows us to predict outcomes such as modal choice and vehicle-miles traveled.