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Beyond Traffic 2045: What’s the Future of Transportation?
Our transportation system connects us to our work, our homes, and our friends and families. We all have different needs and different values that we consider as we make transportation
decisions—but we all value the connections that our transportation system provides. As our population grows and changes, our needs and preferences will also change. In fact, we are
already changing how we travel. Americans are walking, biking, and taking transit more than they did a decade ago. Many young Americans are choosing not to own cars—some do not even
seek driver’s licenses. We do more and more things online instead of in-person—teleworking, socializing, and shopping. These alternatives to vehicle travel are growing as traffic congestion continues to increase and vehicle travel becomes less reliable and convenient.
Beyond Traffic 2045 is intended to start a long-overdue national conversation about what our country really needs and why we need it. A draft of the report was published in
February 2015. In the subsequent 18 months it was downloaded more than 400,000 times. With thousands of comments and suggestions from engineers, researchers, transportation planners, pilots, truck drivers, transit operators, safety advocates, and disability rights advocates, among others, this final version was finally released. The report is broken up into the following subject areas:
This section describes demographic, economic, geographic, and cultural trends affecting everyday travel. The focus is on the most common form of travel for most Americans: short-distance trips by surface transportation.
This section describes emerging challenges and opportunities in the freight sector. It discusses how changes in population, economy, and technology are affecting the movement of cargo
This section describes how the transportation system is contributing to, and may be impacted by, climate change. It discusses how the transportation sector is finding ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the challenges of developing a resilient transportation system that can withstand the projected impacts of climate change, today and in the future.
In this section, discussion focuses on how technological advances, many of which have originated outside of the transportation sector and are now ready for implementation within it, are affecting and will affect our transportation system.
Our transportation system connects people to opportunity: jobs, schools, childcare, and medical services. However, our infrastructure all too often reinforces growing economic divisions in
our society, dividing and neglecting low-income communities and enabling economic and racial segregation. This section examines the role transportation plays in creating and bridging
This section explains the evolving role of government in planning, building, managing, and regulating the transportation system. It describes the financial challenges many governments are
facing and discusses how the role of government and the way transportation is funded may change.
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