Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow.
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Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow.

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Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow.
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      Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow, volumes 1-3 ; Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow, December 2007 ; Report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission : transportation for tomorrow, December 2007, volumes 1-2 ;
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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 ;
    • Abstract:
      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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