Transportation Plan For A Sustainable Transportation System

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For more than 50 years the U.S. has followed a motor vehicle centric transportation policy which supported dramatic U.S. economic and population growth. Alternate forms of transportation including walking, biking, rail transit and public transit have been overlooked, even neglected in the auto era during which the overriding transportation planning philosophy has been to improve the speed of moving goods, services and people by expanding roads, highways and parking facilities. Transportation planning has proceeded without regard to health or the environment or the integrity and vitality of our communities. Early in the 21st century, the threat to national security and the implications of global climate change plus the rising cost of a…show more content…
o Each year, U.S. businesses indirectly pay billions of dollars in employee "congestion tolls" comprised of absenteeism, parking expenses, medical care, employee benefits, turnover, and lowered productivity. Employer real estate costs are elevated in order to provide employee parking facilities. o Ten years ago the average American spent 443 hours behind the wheel of a car, or 55 eight-hour workdays. The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) estimated that in 1999 the total congestion "bill" came to $78 billion, the value of 4.5 billion hours of delay and 6.8 billion gallons of excess fuel consumed. o Paving open space and converting farmland to commercial and residential development reduces our capacity to produce food products, decreasing food availability and increasing food prices throughout the world. o Highly skilled employees seek workplaces located in areas with a high quality of life, with several transportation options and affordable housing nearby. Businesses that can 't offer this high quality have greater difficulty in recruiting workers than those that do. o Reliability and speed of delivery of goods and services is essential to business success. Businesses are hurt by disinvestment in existing metropolitan areas. Public funds are often dedicated to create infrastructure in the next "new" suburb, benefiting businesses that relocate but not those who stay in place. Businesses located
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