THE FUTURE FEDERAL ROLE IN TRANSPORTATION

It has long been a policy of the Institute of Transportation Engineers that transportation decisions of international and national concern should be made at the federal level, and that those of state, regional and local concern should be made at the state, regional and local level respectively. Federal transportation programs and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will therefore need to concentrate on those elements of the transportation program where a federal role is essential -- elements that can not be accomplished piecemeal at the state and local level or by the private sector. Successfully addressing these elements should be the primary goal of any efforts to plan the future of these programs and the U. S. DOT. The Institute feels that these essential elements must include: increasing overall safety and mobility; providing uniformity and consistency; applying advanced technologies; enhancing the knowledge, skills and abilities of the transportation community; conducting research and development; ensuring a strong and viable national highway system; providing a balanced intermodal system; enhancing the Nation's economic competitiveness; protecting the environment; and assuring adequate resources are available.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 80-83

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 12 1996 12:00AM