Thursday, October 7, 2010

National Report Finds Transportation Trouble

Look familiar? A new national report says our
transportation system is failing.
Last year, a group of about 80 transportation experts got together at the University of Virginia for the David R. Goode National Transportation Policy Conference to talk about the state of our nation's transportation system.

It may come as no surprise to hear that, according to a report released Monday with results of the meeting, those experts found the system wanting.

The final report lists 10 recommendations "to fix our nation's ailing transportation system." Funding was identified as a major issue - again, no surprise - along with streamlining the planning process, dealing with congestion, and advocating intermodal solutions.

One other interesting idea mentioned in the report is the possibility of giving some of the decision making responsibility currently under federal control back to state and local authorities.

The Washington Post has a story about the report's release here.

Transportation trade publication Metro magazine has a great outline of the report's recommendations, and a video link that lets you watch the press conference with former Transportation Secretaries Norman Mineta and Sam Skinner, and Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, director of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Read Metro's summary here, and watch the press conference here.

Metro also has a link to the complete report here.

Who Ya Gonna Call?
Don't forget, tonight at 7:10 p.m. is the live Town Call event on Hillsborough County's transportation future, hosted by HART and the Hillsborough County MPO. The jocular, cracker-jack jock Jack Harris is the moderator, so be sure to dial in and give it a listen! Click here for details on how to join us tonight. We look forward to hearing from you.

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