Accessibility

Report: U.S. transportation system failing

Posted on October 5, 2010

The United States' decaying and underfunded transportation system will "undermine its status in the global economy" unless innovative reforms are embraced by Congress and the public, according to a new report released Monday.  A bipartisan panel of experts that compiled the data estimates that "an additional $134 billion to $262 billion must be spent per year through 2035 to rebuild and improve roads, rail systems and air transportation," The Washington Post reported. To read the full story, click here.

Recommendations outlined by the report include:

1. Stop the bleeding: Congress must address the immediate crisis in transportation
funding.

2. Beyond the gas tax: Innovative thinking is needed to develop the next generation
of user fees. Specifically, future funding mechanisms should not depend primarily on fossil-fuel consumption—which the government is actively seeking to discourage through a number of other policies—to keep up with transportation investment needs.

3. Jobs for the future, not just today: Future stimulus spending should be directed to
those transportation projects that will deliver the greatest returns in terms of future U.S. competitiveness, economic growth, and jobs. Building a foundation for sustained prosperity and long-term job creation is more important than boosting short-term employment in road construction.

4. Pass the power, please: Clarify decision-making power and enhance the effectiveness of states, localities, and metropolitan planning organizations.

5. Adopt a capital budget: The federal government should adopt accounting methods
that (A) recognize expenditures on transportation infrastructure as investments (rather
than consumption) and (B) take into account future returns on those investments.

6. Connect the dots: Adopt an integrated approach to transportation planning that
includes freight and goods movement and stresses intermodal connectivity.

7. Getting Americans home in time for dinner: Find more effective ways of reducing
urban congestion.

8. It’s all about leverage: Encourage public-private partnerships while also improving
oversight of such partnerships.

9. Deliver transportation investments on time: Reform project planning, review, and
permitting processes to speed actual implementation.

10. Build a foundation for informed policy: Better and more timely data are essential
to measure progress toward defined goals and objectives and to improve the performance of the nation’s transportation systems.

To read a copy of the report, click here.

 METRO TV: To watch the press conference, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

RTC of So. Nevada, Lyft team for 'on demand' paratransit pilot

Will provide the traditional paratransit customer with a same-day transportation option while also being cost-efficient for the RTC.

Transdev lands CATA paratransit contract

The company will begin providing CATA’s Spec-Tran and supplemental rural services effective April 2018, affecting more than 15,500 paratransit customers.

L.A.'s Access Services paratransit teaming for autonomous driving pilot

The small-scale pilot with Baidu USA will cover a few short routes in the Los Angeles area, which are still being determined based on analysis of the 45 fixed routes that Access Services oversees in the area.

Calif.'s SANDAG awards $7M in disabled, senior transportation grants

In this cycle of grants, SANDAG awarded a total of approximately $7 million through its Specialized Transportation Program — which includes the TransNet Senior Mini-Grant and Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 programs.

REV Group introduces first hybrid wheelchair-accessible vehicle at LA Auto Show

The base vehicle is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, and the introduction was part of the FCA exhibit highlighting the breadth of its automotive technologies.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Luxury Coach & Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close