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Rep. Lipinski's Bill Promoting Research and Innovation in Transportation Moves Forward in the House of Representatives (September 10, 2015)

This afternoon, Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) Future Transportation Research and Innovation for Prosperity (TRIP) Act, which supports innovative technologies that have the potential to fundamentally alter mobility in America and beyond, was approved by the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. 

“Through transportation R&D we can develop and implement technology that will transform personal mobility and freight movement, allowing us to move people and goods more quickly and more safely,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “We are living in an exciting time where technology has already begun to increase the efficiency and safety of our transportation systems, and there is great potential for so much more.  For that to happen, though, we must make sure that we invest in research today that will unleash that potential and create a better future.  And the federal government must do more to make sure this new technology is implemented and improves our economy and the quality of life for Americans.  That is what this bill helps to do.”   

Lipinski’s Future TRIP Act would:

·         Establish priorities for research and deployment of technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles that promise to make commutes safer and more efficient 

·         Support research to test ground-based, satellite, and unmanned aerial systems’ (UAS) ability to help solve multimodal transportation challenges and improve safety

·         Direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead a comprehensive cross-agency coordination effort on transportation research

·         Improve transportation research at universities by removing burdensome restrictions on grant applicants and increasing the focus on multimodal research which universities are uniquely positioned to conduct

·         Bolster technology transfer and innovation in transportation by removing restrictions on researcher travel and recognizing outstanding innovators

·         Direct the Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify gaps in current data collection, improve freight data, and provide important ethical safeguards for data collection, storage, and dissemination

·         Invest in pavement research to reduce costs, increase performance, and increase the use of recycled materials

·         Instruct DOT to create a strategic research plan to improve efficiency and safety of freight transportation, and focus resources on top priorities

·         Provide considerations to improve future Strategic Research, Development, and Technology plans based on critiques from the National Academies, including communicating the value of the research and identifying potential and ongoing intermodal and interagency collaborations

Congressman Lipinski is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Ranking Member on the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

The bill is endorsed by many organizations, including the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Transportation for America, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the League of American Bicyclists, and AAA.

The Future TRIP Act now moves on for consideration as part of the larger surface transportation reauthorization that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will consider next week to modernize our highway and transit systems.