The new federal government transportation demand management plan pledges expanded partnerships between federal, state, and regional transit authorities. Observers note that the details released thus far seem a bit on the vague side, so let’s see if we can extract some insights into what the pledge actually calls for.
What does the government transportation demand management plan say about partnerships?
Government transportation demand management authorities say they will establish a “new $3 billion grant program for programs of national significance to facilitate collaboration across states and regions.” Expert analysis links this aspect of the plan to the Department of Transportation’s proposed Local Leaders Office, which will create liaise the federal government with:
- State governors
- Tribal leaders
- County officials
According to official DOT releases, the plan will “empower cities and towns to pursue innovative projects that offer residents more options and modes of transportation.”
What might the government transportation demand management plan actually mean?
Details at this early juncture are nebulous, but reading between the lines of the administration’s priorities, it seems like the partnership program has several definitive features and objectives. These may include:
- Creating transportation solutions that effectively address the unique needs of local and regional populations
- Using the partnership model to advance equity programs
- Accelerating the national move toward more sustainable transportation alternatives
- Rolling out a wider, more robust regional and national network of intermodal transportation solutions
The Local Leaders Office and the $3 billion funding program is also expected to give local and regional authorities increased say in the DOT’s ambitious road improvement project. DOT officials want to repair 50% of all U.S. roads deemed to be in “poor condition” by the end of the decade.
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