ROAD WORK AHEAD. SLOW DOWN. WHAT ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSIT?: THE FUTURE OF THE TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Author: 

Adrienne Zitka

With the recent expiration of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (“TEA-21”), Congress has the remarkable opportunity to set the stage for a more efficient, environmentally responsible, and energy independent transportation policy for America’s future. With looming national security concerns currently confronting the nation, the expiration of TEA-21 at this time should serendipitously bring transportation policy to the forefront of Congress’ perception as a viable avenue for alleviating our strong dependence on foreign oil. In order to achieve this goal, Congress must intelligently construct a transportation policy that promotes and invests in public transportation. In addition to reducing energy consumption, a focus on public transportation will also transform the way in which we design our urban communities and unleash a multitude of environmental, public health, and economic benefits. View More