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Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow.
  • Published Date:
    2007-11-01
  • Language:
    English
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Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow.
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    NTL-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE-ECONOMICS AND FINANCE ; NTL-HIGHWAY/ROAD TRANSPORTATION-HIGHWAY/ROAD TRANSPORTATION ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Laws ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Standards and Rules ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-State Laws and Regulations ; NTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-PLANNING AND POLICY
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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the foresight

    to understand how a system of Interstate highways

    would transform the Nation. If there was ever a

    time to take a similarly daring look at a broadened

    surface transportation network, it is now! The

    Nation faces challenges similar to those of the

    Eisenhower era. However, the imperative for

    change due to the global economy is even stronger.

    Transportation is a critical engine of the

    Nation’s economy. Investments in the national

    transportation network over the Nation’s

    history, and especially the Interstate Highway

    System during the last half-century, have been instrumental in developing the world’s

    largest economy and most mobile society.

    Transportation is the thread that knits the

    country together, providing the mobility that

    is such an important part of overall quality of

    life and is so deeply embedded in our culture

    and history. Highways, transit, rail, and water

    systems provide unprecedented access to jobs,

    recreation, education, health care, and the many

    other activities that sustain and enrich the lives of

    American families.

    By 2050, the total U.S. population is projected to

    reach 420 million, a 50 percent increase over

    50 years. This growing society will demand higher

    levels of goods and services, and will rely on the

    transportation system to access them. In turn, this

    will cause travel to grow at an even greater rate

    than the population. As part of an increasingly

    integrated global economy, the U.S. will see

    greater pressures on its international gateways and its international gateways and domestic freight

    distribution network to deliver products and

    materials to where they are needed. The Nation

    is faced with a massive increase in passenger and

    freight travel.

    The Nation’s surface transportation program has

    reached a crossroads. Will it continue to function

    as it has since the completion of the Interstate

    system, pursuing no discernible national interests

    other than the political imperatives of “donor

    State” rights and congressional earmarking? Or

    will it advance concerted actions to confront the

    transportation challenges facing the Nation that

    have reached crisis proportions—the deferred

    maintenance of its basic infrastructure; the

    burgeoning international trade and its impact on

    our road and rail networks; the traffic congestion

    that is crippling metropolitan America; the

    continued carnage on the Nation’s highways; and

    powering cars and trucks with fossil fuels, much of

    which is imported from foreign countries?

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