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Transportation

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Future of Transportation

During an NCSL Legislative Summit session titled “Future of Transportation,” speakers discussed the potential transition to distance-based user fees, the continuing evolution of autonomous vehicles and how states can potentially utilize public-private partnerships for transportation infrastructure. Read on for more information on the thought-provoking session and access session presentations here. 

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

President Biden signed the bipartisan $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Nov. 15, 2021. The bill was approved by House on Nov. 5 and in the Senate in August 2021. Click to see the highlights of the bill.

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Traffic Safety Trends | State Legislative Action 2020

States and state legislatures have primary responsibility for establishing traffic safety laws and programs to help ensure the safety of roadway users. In 2020, state legislatures introduced over 1,400 traffic safety bills related to the 14 topic areas covered in this new report. 

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States Advance Autonomous Vehicle Policy and Technology

Catching a ride in an autonomous vehicle—once a futuristic wish—is slowly becoming a reality in the United States. Learn more about technology companies testing and operating autonomous vehicles in the U.S. and how Arizona, a leader in AVs, recently enacted legislation to codify key regulator practices to help ensure the safety of AVs. 

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State Road User Charge Toolkit

Motor fuel tax receipts are projected to decline as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles proliferate. Learn more about the details of road user charging (RUC) activities in Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington, with other states to be added soon. 

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Transportation Legislation Tracking Databases

NCSL’s Transportation Program bill tracking databases, Traffic Safety | Funding and Finance and Autonomous Vehicles | have information about transportation-related bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and D.C.

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Transportation and Traffic Safety Podcasts 

"Our American States" has hosted several conversations on transportation and traffic safety topics, including drug and alcohol-impaired driving, school bus safety, distracted driving and transportation accessibility. Find all the transportation-related podcasts here.

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