Transportation System of the Future
America Needs a 21st Century Transportation System
While many Americans experience congestion on a daily basis, few realize that every hour of congestion, delay, and lack of reliability adds a cost to most services and goods produced or consumed in America. Already under pressure from international competitors, America cannot succeed with one arm tied behind its back. We need a 21st century system that meets the demands of people and businesses, national competitiveness, quality of life and the environment in a 21st century economy and society – a transportation system that is once again viewed as the envy of the world.
While it is true that the United States has the most developed transportation system in the world, it was largely created during the 20th century to serve 20th century cities and world trade patterns, not the massive metropolitan areas, global trade patterns and integrated world economy that mark the new millennium. As the world changed, our transportation system didn’t. It has been taken for granted and neglected.