Scott, Forbes Offer Amendment to Highway Bill to Highlight Importance of Modeling and Simulation Technology in Transportation Projects
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Representatives Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Randy Forbes (VA-04) offered an amendment to H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to utilize modeling and simulation technology to ensure that federally funded transportation projects will increase transportation capacity and safety, alleviate congestion, reduce travel time and environmental impact, and are as cost effective as practicable. The Scott-Forbes Amendment passed by voice vote.
“Modeling and simulation technology has almost limitless beneficial purposes and the Department of Transportation should utilize it whenever possible to better plan and analyze federally funded transportation projects,” stated Congressman Bobby Scott. “This technology can precisely mimic real world factors and variables, allowing transportation planners the ability to see the impact of road and transit projects at the click of a mouse and long before shovels are in the ground. We have limited federal resources for transportation projects and it is critical that we know that federal dollars are being used wisely to fund projects that will actually increase capacity and safety, alleviate congestion, reduce travel time and environmental impact, and are cost effective.”
“As Chairman of the Modeling and Simulation Caucus, I have witnessed firsthand the powerful advances our country has made in modeling and simulation technology,” said Congressman Randy Forbes. “That is why it is crucial we incorporate modeling and simulation as a fundamental component in the Department of Transportation’s process of reviewing and vetting some of our nation’s most critical transportation and infrastructure projects. By incorporating modeling and simulation, we have the opportunity to move forward with a system that furthers our efforts to maximize transportation dollars, cut down on congestion, improve safety, and grow our economy.”
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