"A 30-Year Plan for U.S. Transportation Summed Up by One Word: Choice"

Posted by Ryan Croft on 2/3/15 4:50 PM

CityLab's Eric Jaffe wrote an article on Monday's announcement from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx about Beyond Traffic, a public draft of the US Department of Transportation's 30-year vision of transportation and transportation policy in America. The article, "A 30-Year Plan for U.S. Transportation Summed Up by One Word: Choice," focuses on the USDOT's plan to move away from a reliance on single-occupancy vehicles and move towards a greater investment in multimodal transit systems suited for cities and providing people with "choices." ""Multimodal systems are going to be needed in the future," stated Foxx. As a company that supports multimodal transportation options so that commuters, visitors, residents and employees can make informed transit choices, TransitScreen is in support of the USDOT's Beyond Traffic plan.

Watch the video published by the USDOT:


Read a few excerpts from the article:

"On Monday the U.S. Secretary of Transportation rode in a driverless car to a tech campus serviced by private bus transit in an area of the country targeted for high-speed rail. He fielded questions about pedestrian safety and delivery drones and gave answers about bicycle lanes and vertical development. To the extent that he discussed cars and roads, it was to remind the audience just how much worse traffic is going to get in the years to come."

"We're changing how we move in this country," said Foxx to an audience at Google's main campus in Mountain View. "As populations starts to concentrate around metropolitan areas around the country, and you start to see more congestion—increasing travel times—it has implications on how much money we need to invest but also what it is we're paying for with that money. Multimodal systems are going to be needed in the future."

"Multimodal meaning bus, car, train?" clarified Google's Eric Schmidt, who led the discussion.

"Choices," said Foxx. "Giving people choices."

The need for such choices is supported in Beyond Traffic by a litany of demographic and behavioral trends that regular CityLab readers will find thoroughly familiar. Annual miles driven have peaked. Younger Americans want alternatives to cars. Aging Boomers will need better transit options. City centers and walkable suburbs are growing at the expense of remote regions. Online shopping is stuffing delivery trucks. Technology is making it far easier to hail a taxi or wait for a train.

Read the full article

Topics: Smart Cities, Mobility