Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent in the quest for free-flowing vehicular traffic. The result is wider highways, more sprawl, and more people stuck in congestion. But this week U.S. DOT took an important step to change course, releasing new standards to guide how transportation agencies measure their performance. Advocates for transit and walkability say the policy is a significant improvement.
To do its part to avert catastrophic climate change, the United States would have to more or less eliminate carbon emissions from transportation in the next 35 years. But America is nowhere near on pace to make that happen. Transportation recently overtook the electric power sector to become the nation’s largest source of carbon emissions. That’s what […]
The highway era is over. The construction of the Interstate Highway System is essentially complete. Americans will continue to log lots of miles on highways, but for the most part, the job of building them is over. We’ve already connected the places worth connecting by highways. The problem is that transportation agencies — especially state DOTs — haven’t caught up. In their training, organizational […]
Cross-posted from the Frontier Group. If we are to eliminate transportation’s contribution to climate change by mid-century, we will likely need to do some things in the coming years that currently seem politically impossible. Our upcoming report, A New Way Forward, lays out some of the options: cities might embrace a new vision for urban […]
How can the next president improve American transportation policy? Without wading into the spectacle that is the election, Beth Osborne, a former top official at U.S. DOT who’s now a vice president at Transportation for America, lays out a presidential agenda for transportation reform at The Century Foundation. National transportation policy hasn’t fundamentally changed since Eisenhower, and Osborne says […]