Monday, July 1, 2013

The Future of American Transportation

We will miss Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He has been a great Secretary of Transportation, acknowledging that most Americans want transportation choices. Not everyone wants to drive alone a long distance to work. This is what he said in a recent Fast Lane blog post, The Future of American Transportation:
If you ask any CEO where they’d rather open up shop and hire…If you ask any parents where they’d rather raise a family…If you ask any young professional where they want to live and work---you hear the same things time and time again. People want infrastructure that reduces congestion and protects the environment. They want high-speed trains that shuttle between cities and light rail systems that connect to jobs. They want bike paths, bike shares, buses, and streetcars that give them the option to leave the car at home.

The proof is in the numbers. People took a record 10.5 billion trips on public transportation in 2012. Amtrak ridership has grown more than 40% in the last ten years. Over 20 American cities now operate bike shares, and each program has been met with incredible popularity. New York's new CitiBike bike share has sold nearly 52,000 memberships.

This is what Americans want. This is what the future of American transportation looks like.
Secretary LaHood will leave office soon. His replacement, Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, NC, was confirmed on June 27 (Charlotte has a bike share system called B-Cycle). We wish Secretary LaHood well.

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