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Text of the Maximize Our Highways Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on September 21, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 21, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6541

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 21, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study of economically beneficial uses of the rights-of-way associated with certain highways, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Maximize Our Highways Act of 2012.

2.

Study of economically beneficial uses of the rights-of-way associated with certain highways

(a)

Study

The Secretary of Transportation shall conduct a study of economically beneficial uses of the rights-of-way associated with highways constructed with Federal assistance, which shall include—

(1)

the identification of economically beneficial activities that may be carried out with respect to those rights-of-way to ensure that—

(A)

those rights-of-way are used in the most economically beneficial manner compatible with transportation purposes; and

(B)

economic underutilization of those rights-of-way is minimized to the extent possible;

(2)

an analysis of the costs and benefits, including with respect to safety, of carrying out the economically beneficial activities identified under paragraph (1);

(3)

an analysis of barriers to carrying out the economically beneficial activities identified under paragraph (1); and

(4)

an analysis of the revenue that may be generated by carrying out the economically beneficial activities identified under paragraph (1) and how that revenue may be used to support transportation infrastructure.

(b)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress and make available to States a report on the results of the study conducted under subsection (a), which shall include legislative recommendations based on the results.