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State and Federal Policy

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The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is a coalition of the largest cities and transit agencies in North America; hubs of economic activity and population that are the site of some of our greatest transportation challenges and solutions. NACTO supports infrastructure policies and transportation projects that align with our core values: safety, sustainability, and equity in transportation choices, and accessibility for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

We believe that transportation infrastructure should serve the public good and that the public sector should ensure the wise use of taxpayer dollars in building roadways, bridges, and transit.

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NACTO’s core principles and priorities for city transportation in state and federal legislation and regulation:

  1. Eliminate traffic fatalities by making safety transportation’s top priority.
  2. Build an equitable, complete transportation system that connects all people to their
    destinations.
  3. Lead the transition to a low-carbon transportation system.
  4. Secure funding and ensure responsible use of transportation dollars.
  5. Enable local control over project selection and development.
  6. Prioritize and expand transit to meet the nation’s current and future mobility needs.
  7. Research and leverage emerging technologies to advance public policy priorities.

Read NACTO’s 2020 Policy Platform (pdf)

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Related NACTO Publications

Managing Mobility Data

Managing Mobility Data, a joint product of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), sets out principles and best practices for city agencies and private sector partners to share, protect, and manage data to meet transportation planning and regulatory goals in a secure and appropriate manner.

NACTO Policy Statement on Automated Vehicles

NACTO supports a future transportation system that provides a sustainable, accessible, and affordable backbone to the strong cities at the center of our 21st century economy; policy at every level of government should address head-on the destructive potential for increased traffic, emissions from additional driving, and on-street congestion that could easily result from automated vehicle technology.

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Autonomous Vehicles

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Emerging Technology and Innovation

The Emerging Technology and Innovation peer network focuses on initiatives to support public policy that preserve city authority over new and emerging mobility technology....

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Large Vehicle Design

Urban trucks and other large vehicles are disproportionately responsible for urban traffic fatalities. In 2018 and 2019, NACTO and the USDOT Volpe Center convened a multi-city working group to identify challenges and opportunities to reduce the dangers posed in urban...

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Mobility Data

New transportation technologies are generating unprecedented amounts of data that is increasingly invaluable to cities' understanding of their streets and management of the public right-of-way....

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Transportation Response Center: Emergency Federal Assistance & Stimulus Funding

Strong federal support will be essential for providing essential services, including transit, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath. As Congress considers federal aid packages, NACTO encourages cities and transit agencies to...