Aug. 6, 2012
New NCSL Report: State Transportation Policies “On the Move”
Transportation policy has reached a critical juncture in America. States are exploring new ways to meet the nation's future mobility needs in the face of budget shortfalls and other challenges.
A new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), “On the Move: State Strategies for 21st Century Transportation Solutions,” examines the shifting trends underlying recent policy developments across the states.
The report groups policies into four broad categories:
- 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 examined 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.
Two sessions at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Chicago will touch on the work states are undertaking to improve their surface transportation systems.
On Tuesday, August 7th NCSL will hold a session examining innovative state transportation policies highlighted in NCSL’s new report On the Move: State Strategies for 21st Century Transportation Solutions. Speakers include Utah State Representative and Utah Transit Authority Board Chair Greg Hughes and former Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Al Biehler.
Wednesday, August 8th, NCSL will hold a session on the nationwide infrastructure deficit, how states can finance infrastructure projects, and how tacking this problem can put the unemployed back to work. This session will feature the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Andrew Herrmann, the President of the Illinois Senate, John Cullerton, as well as two other experts.
NCSL released the report today at its 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago, Ill. The report was funded in part by The Rockefeller Foundation’s Promoting Equitable, Sustainable Transportation Initiative.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.