Bill introduced by Lummis and Kelly will study highway use for first time in 25 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, United States Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mark Kely (D-AZ) introduced a bill to study the changes in highway use for the first time in almost 25 years. The last study was conducted in 1997.

Entitled the Highway Cost Allocation Study Act of 2021, the bill would require the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to conduct a study of vehicular highway use. This information would inform decisions to address the Highway Trust Fund’s revenue shortfalls during its next reauthorization cycle.

Senator Lummis voiced her concern regarding the fact that very few structural and systemic changes have been made in the last quarter-century.

“Today we have over 50 million more vehicles on the road than we did in 1997,” said Senator Lummis. “It’s critical that we understand how this significant increase is impacting our highway system so we can build a stronger safer, and more efficient system, with a plan to fund it, for the future. This is a bipartisan issue and I’m proud to be working with Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona to look at how our highway system’s use has changed in the last 24 years and how we can make it better for the next 24 years.”

Senator Kelly explained how his background in engineering will allow him to take on this project in confidence.

“As an engineer and astronaut, my career has taught me about the importance of having the data to tackle a complex issue,” Senator Kelly said. “I’m working with Senator Lummis to get the facts about our highways to make sure we continue making the investments needed to grow our economy in Arizona and across the U.S.”

To read the entire bill click here.

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