Transportation leaders join to build
consensus on mobility vision
Eight national organizations are joining in an effort
to create a new national “vision” for transportation to
maintain America’s place in the world economy and way of life.
May 21-23, some 150 representatives of both public and private sector
transportation and industry organizations convened at a national conference
to lay a common framework on which this new transportation vision can
Joining in this initiative are the following organizations:
American Association of State Highway and Transportation
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Public Transportation Association
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
American Trucking Associations
Associated General Contractors
Association of American Railroads
Topics considered during the conference included:
The Big Picture. International competitiveness, and
the role of shippers, railroads, trucking, distribution centers, ports
and airports in meeting national needs.
Highway System Preservation, Performance and Capacity.
What the national highway system of the future will require to meet
national needs; including a specific focus on long-distance travel,
travel and tourism, and rural needs.
Advanced Technologies and Transportation. How ITS
technologies, advanced materials, and innovation can better meet transportation
Transit, and Intercity Passenger Bus. A vision of
how these systems can better meet needs for the future.
Metropolitan Mobility and Congestion. How to improve
system capacity, performance, reliability, and better manage demand
in urban areas.
Freight and Passenger Rail. How improved rail service
can help meet future needs for moving people and freight.
Sustainable Transportation - Energy, Climate Change,
Land Use, Community Quality of Life and Environment. This group will
address a series of issues that are inseparable from meeting the Nation’s
future transportation needs.
Safety - Behavioral as well as vehicle and roadway
Funding. Estimates of what will be required to meet
future highway, transit and rail system needs; Revenue options near-term
and long-term; and the roles of the federal government, state and
local governments and the private sector in funding what is needed.
During the three-day conference, participants will hear
from futurist Glen Hiemstra and global transportation expert Michael
Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Chairman of the House Transportation
and Infrastructure Committee, has been invited to address the gathering.
Oberstar was one of the authors of the federal reauthorization legislation
that created the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue
Study Commission that is expected to report to Congress in December.
“Many of our organizations are framing our own
concepts about the future of America’s transportation system.
While it will be a challenge for us all to ‘check our acronym
at the door,’ by coming together across modes and states and industries
we can pool our best ideas to put together a fresh and creative approach
to what is an essential part of America’s future,” said
John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director. “These concepts can move
forward to the Study Commission and to Congress.”
An advanced electronic polling process will be used to
assess participants’ buy-in on suggested principles and concepts,
in order to build a consensus proposal.
For further information on the conference, visit http://www.transportation.org/
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on the conference.