Policy Round Up: Transportation

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Shanel Adams
Shanel Adams Shanel Adams is an editorial assistant with GlobalPolicy.tv. She is a public relations major, political science minor at Howard University originally from Detroit. Shanel is passionate about poverty alleviation and political participation.

Earlier this week, President Obama nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become Secretary of the Department of Transportation. As the President solidifies his second-term cabinet, transportation policy comes to the forefront.

The overabundance of national attention on the economy and gun control does not make transportation less of an issue.  Experts are aware of policy concerns ranging from fair transportation to how the national budget will affect infrastructure. Here are some of there perspectives on it:

Tanya Snyder suggests that current U.S. Presidents have not been as active in transportation policy as their predecessors:

“Nixon oversaw the creation of Amtrak. Ford had a strong, personal role in rail restructuring when all the railroads were going bankrupt. Carter did deregulation and the first multi-modal surface transportation act. Reagan passed a gas tax increase. George H.W. Bush helped get IS-TEA passed and Clinton signed TEA-21, the biggest transportation bill in history (even adjusted for inflation).

What about George W. Bush? What about Obama? Presidents haven’t been as active in setting and guiding transportation policy in recent years. Neither our current president nor our most recent ex-president really made his mark on transportation at all.”

Read the full article in DC Street Blog

Also, Snyder offers insight on the economical risks of neglecting transportation:

“Congress has three potential vehicles for a revenue solution: 1) a “grand bargain” on the deficit, the sequester and the fiscal cliff, 2) tax reform, and 3) the next surface transportation bill.
And what will that “revenue solution” be? The simplest, most easily implemented fix is a gas tax hike, but over the long term, taxing fossil fuels as a way to pay for transportation infrastructure just won’t cut it.”

Read the full article in DC Street Blog.

Rachel Callanan relates transportation investments to a brighter future for Minnesota:

“We are already seeing here how transportation investments can spark real-estate growth. Schafer Richardson, a commercial and residential development company, has several new projects in Minneapolis and first-ring suburbs. They are focusing on locations on or near public transit routes, walking and bike paths, and in densely populated urban neighborhoods. In Minneapolis’ North Loop, what really excited potential residents was not the state’s investment in a new Twins stadium but the light rail station in front of the ballpark on Fifth Street.”

Read the full article in The MinnPost.

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