Brief Remarks about Modernizing Transportation

The National Journal Online posted a brief question on their Transportation blog last month. The query: How should the transportation system in America address all of the “new” challenges that society is facing today and will continue to face in the future? In a rather leading – yet, in my opinion, keen – approach, the Journal suggested that the answer to this question should focus on modernizing transportation, rather than merely expanding it. The acknowledgment here seems to be that the solutions to the nation’s transportation problems will not focus strictly on building more roads. Instead, a comprehensive network that integrates pedestrian walkways and public transportation with a system of roads will provide more accessibility and less congestion without the loss of open space.

I invite you to check out the answers provided by the various members of the expert panel. As for the smart growth answer to this question, I would promote the planning of livable communities, which offer multiple transportation choices without placing a significant strain on natural resources. Additionally, I would promote sustainable transportation projects that support economic, community, and recreational development. Tomorrow, as part of the Revitalizing Older Communities series, I will focus on one project in Easton, PA that hopes to achieve these principles.

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on August 11, 2009, in Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Regions, Transportation, Trends and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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