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The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation APPENDIX A Congressional Request for the Study SAFETEA-LU, Section 3046(a)(1) Public Transportation National Security Study.— IN GENERAL.—Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study and evaluation of the value major public transportation systems in the United States serving the 38 urbanized areas that have a population of more than 1,000,000 individuals provide to the Nation’s security and the ability of such systems to accommodate the evacuation, egress or ingress of people to or from critical locations in times of emergency. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES.—For each system described in subparagraph (A) the study shall identify— potential alternative routes for evacuation using other transportation modes such as highway, air, marine, and pedestrian activities; and transit routes that, if disrupted, do not have sufficient transit alternatives available. REPORT.—Not later than 24 months after the date of entry into the agreement, the Academy shall submit to the Secretary and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs of the Senate a final report on the results of the study and evaluation, together with such recommendations as the Academy considers appropriate. FUNDING.—For each of fiscal years 2006 and 2007 $250,000 shall be available to carry out this paragraph. [Note that Part B of the study request was dropped because of inadequate funding.]