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S. 654: COMMUTE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 654


March 5, 2019

(for herself and Ms. Ernst) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


To require the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a pilot program to develop and provide to States and transportation planning organizations accessibility data sets, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Connecting Opportunities through Mobility Metrics and Unlocking Transportation Efficiencies Act or the COMMUTE Act.


Accessibility data pilot program


In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation (referred to in this section as the Secretary) shall carry out an accessibility data pilot program (referred to in this section as the pilot program).



The purpose of the pilot program is to develop or make available an accessibility data set for each eligible entity selected to participate in the pilot program to improve transportation planning of those eligible entities by measuring the level of access by multiple transportation modes to important destinations, such as—


jobs, including areas with a concentration of available jobs;


health care facilities;


child care services;


educational and workforce training facilities;


affordable housing; and


food sources.


Eligible entities

An entity eligible to participate in the pilot program is—


a State (as defined in section 101(a) of title 23, United States Code);


a metropolitan planning organization; or


a rural planning organization.



To be eligible to participate in the pilot program, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.



The Secretary shall select eligible entities to participate in the program on a competitive basis, including—


5 States;


10 metropolitan planning organizations, of which—


5 shall each serve an area with a population of not more than 200,000 people; and


5 shall each serve an area with a population of 200,000 or more people; and


5 rural planning organizations.



For each eligible entity participating in the pilot program, the Secretary shall—


develop or acquire an accessibility data set described in subsection (b); and


submit the data set to the eligible entity.



In calculating the measures for the data set under the pilot program, the Secretary shall ensure that methodology is open source.



The Secretary shall make an accessibility data set under the pilot program available to—


units of local government within the jurisdiction of the eligible entity participating in the pilot program; and





Not later than 120 days after the last date on which the Secretary submits data sets to the eligible entity under subsection (f), the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the program, including the feasibility of developing and providing periodic accessibility data sets for all States, regions, and localities.



The Secretary shall carry out the pilot program using amounts made available to the Secretary for administrative expenses to carry out programs under the authority of the Secretary.



The pilot program shall terminate on the date that is 8 years after the date on which the pilot program is implemented.