Over 180 Members Support Swalwell, Schweikert Amendment to Help Transportation Policy Drive into 21st Century
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) offered a bipartisan amendment to the DRIVE Act (the transportation bill) to make it easier for public entities to take advantage of innovative technologies like car sharing, bike sharing, and transportation network companies to improve mobility and air quality. Swalwell led the amendment with Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), which was not adopted with a vote of 181-237. Swalwell is the co-chair of the Congressional Sharing Economy Caucus. This was the first vote on the House floor to address transportation network companies.
“Car and bike sharing is the future. But too often Congress is in the slow lane,” said Rep. Swalwell. “Our federal transportation policies should take advantage of these services to reduce the traffic congestion that plagues the Bay Area and so many regions across our country. Our bipartisan amendment would have made a logical fix to allow states and local entities to use federal funding to partner with bike sharing companies or ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to connect commuters with their workplace.”
"It's important we ensure this educating is taking place in Congress. There are benefits and inefficiencies we are ignoring in our transportation system that can be easily addressed through the use of technology in the sharing economy," said Rep. Schweikert.
The Swalwell-Schweikert amendment would make eligible projects and programs that utilize innovative mobility technologies which provide alternatives to driving alone under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ), and the associated transit improvement program to better connect users to mass transit systems. Allowing states and cities to have the flexibility to choose how to better improve transportation outcomes under CMAQ and associated transit improvement programs can help spur innovation to create better results for transit users. For example, it would allow federal funds to support projects such as the partnership between Dallas’ transportation system, DART, and Lyft which helps connect users to mass transportation when beginning or ending their trip.
“I will continue to fight to integrate technology and our transportation policies. Commuters should not have to wait in traffic because some refuse to allow our laws to catch up to the times,” added Rep. Swalwell.
The amendment was supported by: Association for Commuter Transportation, Carma, City CarShare, vRide, Transportation for America, and Lyft.