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Reminder: Contribute to Coordinated ANSI Response for Department of Transportation Request


DOT Seeks Input on Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT)

In the November 26 Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a request for information (RFI) on non-traditional and emerging transportation technology. The technology includes hyperloop, a proposed transportation system that could propel a large number of passengers and cargo over long distances.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is planning to develop a response to the RFI, and strongly encourages its members and constituents to contribute to ANSI's response by December 20, or submit their own feedback to DOT by its January 10 deadline.

In April, DOT created the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, an internal deliberative body tasked with identifying and resolving jurisdictional and regulatory gaps that may impede the deployment of new technology. The Federal Register notice asks the public to weigh in on "projects, issues, or topics that DOT should consider through the NETT Council, including regulatory models and other alternative approaches for non-traditional and emerging transportation technologies."

Of particular note, ANSI points commenters to the following questions posed in the Federal Register notice:

  • Do you believe that there are international bodies or organizations (at any level) that the Department should be working with to develop standards or best practices for potential application to non-traditional and emerging transportation technology in the United States? (Question 5)
  • Are there State/local/Tribal occupational license regimes that govern the safe conduct of operators of non-traditional or emerging transportation technologies? Do they hinder or support innovation? (Question 6b)
  • Technology Companies/Innovators: What standards or code of conduct are relevant to ensuring a balance between supporting innovation and ensuring the safety of transportation infrastructure and the traveling public? (Question 10)

ANSI invites all stakeholders to view the Federal Register notice in its entirety for more information, and directions on how to submit comments.

If you are interested in contributing to the ANSI response, please contact Mary Saunders, ANSI's vice president for government relations.

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