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State Solutions for 21st Century Transportation

On the Move: State Strategies for 21st Century Transportation Solutions

Report Contents

  • A Word on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Transportation Initiative
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Taking the Long View
    • Sustainable Transportation Funding
    • Life-Cycle Costs
  • Using What You Have
    • Fix-It-First and Asset Management
    • Operations and Management
    • Commute Trip Reduction
  • Giving People Choices
    • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Travel Initiatives
    • Complete Streets
    • Carsharing and Bikesharing
    • Transit-Oriented Development
    • Human Services Transportation Coordination
  • Achieving Multiple Benefits
    • Performance Management
    • Reducing Greenhouses Gases and Increasing Transportation Choices
    • Linking Transportation with Public and Environmental Health
  • List of Tables

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transportation solutionsTransportation policy and funding are at a critical juncture in the United States. Faced with budget shortfalls and a host of other challenges, state legislatures are exploring and enacting a number of innovative policies to ensure that the future mobility needs of all Americans are met in a manner that is fiscally sound and supports a broad range of policy goals.

A new NCSL report, On the Move: State Strategies for 21st Century Transportation Solutions, explores a wide array of innovative surface transportation reform laws, policies and programs that policymakers are considering or pursuing to take the nation’s transportation system well into the 21st century.

Particular focus is placed on policies that promote fiscal and environmental sustainability; facilitate affordable, safe and accessible transportation choices; and achieve shared benefits such as improved public health and economic development.

Every effort was taken in this report to assemble a broad cross-section of approaches and diverse voices, to represent as fully as possible the exciting transportation reform developments occurring in state legislatures across the country. This report is organized into four sections, each of which explores the shifting trends underlying a number of recent and proposed policy developments across the states.

  • Taking the Long View examines policies that exemplify a forward-thinking, sustainable approach to providing surface transportation infrastructure and services over the long term. This includes provision of sustainable transportation funding and consideration of life-cycle costs in transportation decision-making.
  • Using What You Have explores effective and cost-efficient approaches that help make the most of existing infrastructure, such as fix-it-first and asset management, operations and management, and commute trip reduction.
  • Giving People Choices highlights a variety of viable, accessible and affordable transportation options that fit citizens’ needs and also synchronize with larger policy goals. Policies reviewed in this section include bicycle and pedestrian safety and travel initiatives, complete streets policies, carsharing and bikesharing, transit-oriented development and human service transportation coordination.
  • Achieving Multiple Benefits looks at how transportation decisions can successfully achieve diverse public benefits. The section includes a discussion of the use of comprehensive performance management and examples of how transportation activities have been linked with environmental and public health planning and goals.

This report has been made possible by the support and vision of the Rockefeller Foundation.

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