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The Relative Risks of School Travel: A National Perspective and Guidance for Local Community Risk Assessment APPENDIX Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century Section 4030, School Transportation Safety Study.—Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall offer to enter into an agreement with the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct, subject to the availability of appropriations, a study of the safety issues attendant to the transportation of school children to and from school and school-related activities by various transportation modes. Terms of Agreement.—The agreement under subsection (a) shall provide that— the Transportation Research Board, in conducting the study, shall consider— in consultation with the National Transportation Safety Board, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and other relevant entities, available crash injury data; vehicle design and driver training requirements, routing, and operational factors that affect safety; and other factors that the Secretary considers to be appropriate; if the data referred to in paragraph (1) (A) is unavailable or insufficient, the Transportation Research Board shall recommend a new data collection regimen and implementation guidelines; and a panel shall conduct the study and shall include— representatives of— highway safety organizations; school transportation; mass transportation operators; employee organizations; and bicycling organizations; academic and policy analysts; and other interested parties. Report.—Not later than 12 months after the Secretary enters into an agreement under subsection (a), the Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report that contains the results of the study. Authorization.—There are authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Transportation to carry out this section $200,000 for fiscal year 2000 and $200,000 for fiscal year 2001. Such sums shall remain available until expended.
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