Working on behalf of nearly 53 million members in the US and Canada, AAA’s position is that the public interest must be kept in the forefront of the debate on the future development of transportation policy and funding. Increased investment, program reform, and increased safety are the foundation of AAA’s message to policymakers.
AAA’s surface transportation authorization recommendation on P3s is to create a federal framework for public-private partnerships that ensures: the public interest is not dismissed in the quest to receive the highest bid price; motorist fees are fair and equitable; fees are not diverted to non-transportation purposes; high levels of public oversight are maintained; the public is adequately compensated for the value of the leased facility; and that States consider any identifiable benefits of an alternative public-public partnership model.
Data should meet model minimum uniform standards, and should be provided by each state. Performance measures should be used in the development and implementation of behavioral highway safety programs, and should be improved in-step with state-level data system improvements.
Further progress on traffic safety is going to take all the “tools” in the traffic safety toolbox, plus some new thinking about best approaches. Among the most significant challenges going forward will be to change our culture of complacency as it relates to lives lost on our roadways. AAA envisions a transportation system that makes safety a top priority – consistently working toward zero fatalities.