DOT releases infrastructure analysis

By |  February 4, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt unveiled “Beyond Traffic,” a forward-looking infrastructure analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The analysis is “offered to the public as a draft to ignite a national conversation about the future of the U.S. transportation system and to objectively frame critical policy choices that need to be made,” DOT reports.

The report addresses issues such as population growth, freight volume, technological changes, climate changes and investments. It is written in three parts, says DOT, with the first part addressing major trends shaping the U.S. transportation system, the second discussing trends for modes of transportation, and the third describing a possible future scenario for U.S. infrastructure.

“For too long, our national dialogue about transportation has been focused on recreating the past,” says Foxx. “Instead, we need to focus on the trends that are shaping our future. In Washington, in state capitals and in city halls, it is time to sound the alarm bell: the future is calling. ‘Beyond Traffic gives us a view into 2045 and the basis to plan for it. But not having a plan is a plan.”

A final report will be released later in 2015 based on analysis feedback. Check out the blue paper here and read the “Beyond Traffic” report here.

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