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United States of America’s new Complete Streets Act

American Complete Streets Act

The United States of America’s new Complete Streets Act is going through Congress that aims to increase accessible transportation routes in all 50 states.

States will be required to use five percent of the federal highway revenues within a grant programme for projects that focus on accessible transportation options for multiple modes of travel. The grants will be to accommodate the needs and safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and provides a safer transport environment for children, older individuals and individuals with disabilities.

Once a state establishes a “complete streets” program, eligible local and regional entities would be able to  apply for technical assistance and capital funding to build safe streets projects, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks and bus stops.

Direct Access has extensive experience of working with local government to develop accessible paths and transportation facilities. We can offer this technical assistance drawing on international expertise and best practice for states and local government.

Under the Complete Streets Act:

  • States are required to set aside five percent of federal highway money to create a “Complete Streets” program.
  • Eligible entities would need to adopt a Complete Streets policy, participate in technical assistance and create a prioritized plan for the Complete Streets projects in their jurisdictions to access the funding.
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) would be responsible for certifying that Complete Streets policies meet minimum requirements set out by the United States Secretary of Transportation.
  • The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, states and MPOs would be required to adopt design standards for federal surface transportation projects that provide for the safe and adequate accommodation of all users of the surface transportation network, including motorized and non-motorized users, in all phases of project planning, development and operation.
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