Issues

These are the top TDM policy issues ACT is following. Each section title will bring you to a page dedicated to that issue with resources we have gathered.

Federal TDM Legislation

The Association for Commuter Transportation is working to advance this legislation titled the “Mobility Options, Resiliency, and Efficiency (MORE) through Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Act”

Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)

The Association for Commuter Transportation has been working to repeal the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) imposed by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 on tax-exemept organizations offering qualified transportation fringe benefits to employees. The bicycle benefit was also eliminated by the TCJA.

Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit

The Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit (QTFB) is one of the most effective TDM strategies in use by employers to help shift individuals away from single occupancy vehicles. Commonly referred to as commuter benefits and/or transit benefits, the QTFB allows both employers and employees to receive tax benefits through the pre-tax purchasing of public transit fare media including vanpool fares.

Performance Standards

Performance based polices mark an important turning point in our nation’s transportation policy it represents both opportunity and danger for ACT and its members. ACT urges all of its members to become familiar with the importance of this process and understand the impact it will have on future funding decisions.

Mobility On Demand

In 2016, the Federal Transit Administration has released a series of policy documents that outline and clarify how transit agencies can work with mobility on demand providers using Federal Transit Administration funds.

Autonomous Vehicles

 

Smart Cities

Smart cities bring together infrastructure and technology to improve the quality of life of citizens and enhance their interactions with the urban environment. 

Transit Benefit Ordinances

Transit benefits are significant driver for increasing the number of individuals utilizing public transit to get to work, as it reduces the cost of transit through the use of pre-tax dollars and puts transit passes in the hands of more people. The impacts will benefit everyone through improved air quality, reduced congestion, and more money in the pockets of families.

Transportation Authorization

In 2015, Congress adopted the first long-term surface transportation law in more than a decade, known as the “FAST Act.”  The bill was virtually silent on Transportation Demand Management and issues of emerging, technology-enabled mobility.

Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ)

 

Buy America

The Buy America Act is a section of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 which applies to purchases related to rail or road transportation projects. Transportation infrastructure projects built with iron, steel, and manufactured products must purchase materials in the United States.

Telework

 

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