Saturday, November 14, 2015

US DOT Secretary Foxx: Transportation Must be Multimodal

U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx recently spoke at a transportation conference in Virginia according to an article in Inside Business entitled U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx: South needs detour from relying on road expansions.

Noting that the population of the southeast is projected to double by 2050, Secretary Foxx said we must have multimodal solutions for our transportation problems, with roads, public transit, good walking environments and good land planning included as part of the equation for every community.
“We can’t build enough roads to solve our transportation problems. We can’t widen enough.” And if roads are the only solution, “the South is going to be stuck in traffic. Period.

"When you put all your eggs in one basket and you get too many eggs, the eggs start falling out. And what’s happening in the South is that we’ve been so road dominant for so long, now that the rest of the country has figured out that it’s a great place to be with four seasons, with great business climates, with all kinds of great advantages, now you’re seeing a rush of population into these areas, and the reality is the road systems can’t handle it. And even if you widen roads, it’s going to help for a little while, but it won’t help forever.” 
Hat tip to GGW.



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