Livability 101: Expanding Transportation Choices


NCSL Legislative Summit: Sunday, July 25, 2010

Running time: 00:23:28

James Corless
, director,  Transportation for America 



James Corless, Director of Transportation for America, explains how livable communities can help expand transportation choices, such as: transit, bicycling, car sharing, streetcars, bus rapid transit and others. He discusses the benefits of such choices, their appropriate uses and settings, and how they can complement existing transportation systems. 

Livability 101 Seminar

NCSL convened a Livability 101 Seminar because interest in creating sustainable, livable communities is on the rise. At the federal level, an interagency partnership made up of DOT, HUD, and EPA is working to coordinate funding and planning to help create communities that offer a strong mix of housing, transportation, and service choices within a walkable area. Livable community principles will likely heavily influence the federal transportation re-authorization, so it is key legislators learn how to position their states. States, intrigued by the economic and environmental benefits of building sustainable communities, have pursued a wide range of policies that work towards livability principles. such as transportation choice and location efficiency. Visit the resources from NCSL's Livability 101 multi-media pages to learn more about the growing role of livability, and its potential to help solve problems such as traffic congestion, mobility, sustainable use of natural resources and goverment dollars, and economic competiveness.

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