Transportation Governance and Funding Revisions
This bill, like so many transportation bills, authorizes funding for projects that are decidedly not transportation-related including airports, pedestrian walkways, water conservation projects, and non-motorized transportation (bicycles, skateboards, push scooters, etc.) facilities. It also authorizes implementation of a mileage-based road use charge program and allows UDOT to collect anonymized vehicle data (including location information) from electronic devices placed in vehicles by manufacturers, raising serious privacy concerns. Additionally, the bill exempts certain governmental entities or transportation projects from state rules and allows for the sidestepping of local governments or consumers. Any road funding package should focus on stewardship of taxpayer dollars through reforms that prioritize critical projects, remove unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations, and encourage innovation and private investment wherever possible.