THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20590
Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters transmitted the interim report on the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program to Congress on January 9, 2008. The Secretary transmitted the report with identical letters to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, Chairman James L. Oberstar and Ranking Member John L. Mica of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Chairwoman Barbara Boxer and Ranking Member James M. Inhofe of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
The following is the text of the Secretary's transmittal letter:
The enclosed interim report is submitted in accordance with Section 1807(e) of Public Law 109-59, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The provision directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to submit an interim report to Congress on the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) that Section 1807 authorized.
Section 1807 funded the NTPP to be carried out in four specified communities: Columbia, Missouri; Marin County, California; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. The purpose of the NTPP is "...to demonstrate the extent to which bicycling and walking can carry a significant part of the transportation load, and represent a major portion of the transportation solution, within selected communities." Bicycling and walking are elements of our overall Congestion Initiative and are environmentally friendly solutions in meeting growing mobility demands. The enclosed Interim Report to the U.S. Congress on the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program outlines the steps the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has taken in cooperation with the four communities and the four State transportation departments to implement the NTPP. Participants established a Working Group as a forum for developing common methods of evaluating the results of implementing the NTPP in each community.
Through the Working Group, the FHWA, States, and communities agreed on a process for measuring the role of bicycling and walking in each pilot community before-and-after the NTPP. Other communication channels have been established, such as biweekly teleconferences and annual meetings, for the exchange of ideas and information among the communities. To enhance the prospects for success, the Working Group and the communities also reached out to the public as well as interest groups that have long experience with bicycling and walking. The communities have identified an array of projects they will undertake with Section 1807 funds, including infrastructure activities and promotional and informational work to engage the public.
Mary E. Peters