The Transportation Interim Committee (TIC) meets March 23 to dig into its work on bicycle and pedestrian pathways in Montana.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Room 137 of the State Capitol. An overview of bicycle and pedestrian path policies in Montana will be presented, as members continue to work on House Joint Resolution 45, which tasks the committee with exploring current levels of funding for bicycle and pedestrian paths and considering other funding options. The National Conference of State Legislatures' transportation program director also will join the committee and provide an overview of bicycle and pedestrian path funding mechanisms in other states. A discussion of share the road and safety planning is also on the agenda.
During the meeting in Helena, the committee also will discuss electric vehicles and Montana's fuel tax. Members will learn about alternatives being implemented in other states to offset fuel tax revenues not collected from electric vehicle owners. The Department of Environmental Quality will present information about electric vehicle charging stations in Montana.
Work also will continue on traffic safety systems and policy, as outlined in Senate Joint Resolution 28. The focus of the discussion will be on rural road safety and safety engineering countermeasures.
The TIC elected Gordon Vance, R-Belgrade, Presiding Officer; and Diane Sands, D-Missoula; Vice-Presiding Officer. Senate members appointed to the committee are Carlie Boland, D-Great Falls; Sands; Vance; and Jeff Welborn, R-Dillon. House members appointed to the committee are Ross Fitzgerald, R-Fairfield; Denley Loge, R-Saint Regis; Andrea Olsen, D-Missoula, and Mark Sweeney, D-Philipsburg.
The meeting will be live-streamed at https://leg.mt.gov/ and will be broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN.)
For more information about the meeting, including an agenda, visit the committee's website or contact Sonja Nowakowski, committee staff.
Committee Website: https://leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/2019tric/
Committee Staff: Sonja Nowakowski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-3078