Transportation Policy Statements

Crosswalk with people. The federal surface transportation authorization (H.R. 4348) was signed by the president in July 2012. The bill, known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), is posted online.


Below are APHA letters to legislators and other stakeholders while the latest authorization was in development: 

Coalition Letter Opposing Public Participation Steamrolling Provisions in Transportation Bill (June 20, 2012)

Public Health Organizations' Letter on the Transportation Conference (June 15, 2012)

Coalition Letter to Conference Committee on Reauthorizing the Federal Surface Transportation Program (May 14, 2012) 

Health partners' letter to House of Representatives opposing the House transportation bill (H.R. 7) (February 13, 2012) 

Coalition letter regarding Surface Transportation Finance and the Highway Trust Fund (February 2, 2012)

Coalition letter supporting the Petri/Johnson Amendment (February 1, 2012)

Coalition letter in response to Commerce Committee's portion of the transportation bill (December 13, 2011)

Coalition letter in response to Chairman Mica's proposal for the House transportation bill (August 5, 2011)

Health Partners' Letter to members of the Committee on Environment and Public Works supporting the development of a federal transportation bill that promotes public health (January 18, 2011)

Coalition letter encouraging senators to support the Livable Communities Act, S. 1619 (August 2, 2010)

Coalition letter encouraging senators to support the Clean Low-Emission Affordable New Transportation Efficiency Act, S. 575 (June 29, 2009)

Coalition letter in support of the Federal Transportation Policy and Planning Act of 2009 (June 2, 2009)

Press Release: APHA Joins National Coalition in Issuing Transportation Reform Blueprint (May 21, 2009)

Coalition letter in support of addressing transportation policy in climate change legislation (April 24, 2009)

Coalition letter in support of the Complete Streets Act of 2009 (March 17, 2009)

Coalition letter in support of Sen. Schumer's amendment to the economic recovery bill that would provide $6.5 billion for public transportation projects (February 3, 2009)

Coalition letter asking Congress to include in the economic stimulus legislation funding for fuel efficient, low-carbon and health-enhancing transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects (December 19, 2008)


crosswalkAPHA and its partners developed ten public health and equity principles for transportation, so that transportation policies may be reviewed with these principles in mind to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. The public health community envisions a transportation system that is carefully designed to support and improve community health. Partner organizations are invited to sign-on to show their support. 


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