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Anthony Foxx: FHWA Proposes Transportation Performance Mgmt Rule to Address Congestion, Emission Concerns

RoadwayThe Transportation Department‘s Federal Highway Administration has proposed a new rule that looks to establish performance targets at a national level for travel reliability, congestion and emission.

The proposed rule looks to comply with mandates from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, FHWA said Monday.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the department aims to provide accountability and transparency by educating commuters on transportation investments and address congestion, delays and air pollution issues.

Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx

“Ultimately, the goal is to improve the system, enhance our nation’s productivity, and support the economy,” added Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.

The rule will call for all states to evaluate and report their transportation system performance, including travel time reliability, delay hours, peak-hour congestion, freight movement and on-road mobile source emissions using the National Performance Management Research Data Set.

FHWA added that the measures look to address concerns outlined in the “Beyond Traffic” report that examined trends and issues regarding the transportation infrastructure over the next three decades.

It will also serve as a “downpayment” on the administration’s 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan that works to develop new budget strategies for traffic and carbon intensity concerns, FHWA said.

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