Transportation Sec. LaHood on Livability
The Grist has an excellent piece on US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The article describes the doubt that many sustainable transportation advocates had regarding the ability of Sec. LaHood to be a partner in pushing for smarter transportation networks. Well, not only has LaHood proven himself, he has exceeded any expectations one could have for a US Transportation Secretary. Sarah Goodyear writes:
He’s been an outspoken and articulate proponent of high-speed rail. He’s mounted an aggressive campaign against distracted driving. He’s jumped up on a table to address the National Bike Summit, saying that, “I really came here just to say thank you to all of you for hanging in there with us. You all have made a big difference.”And perhaps most significantly, he has emerged as a defender of the “livable communities” concept, advocating for the construction of a transportation infrastructure that would make walking, biking, and modern public transit available — and attractive — options for every American.
The article features a great interview with Sec. LaHood that includes his thoughts on the meaning of ‘livability.’ I suggest checking it out.
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