"Everyone benefits if we can leave our cars"
During the campaign, Transportation For America created this pledge, which they asked candidates to sign to show their support for a new direction in transportation funding:
I support Amtrak funding and the development of high-speed freight and passenger rail networks across the country. ... I will also re-commit federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country. ... And I will further promote transit by creating incentives for transit usage that are equal to the current incentives for driving.Actually, I lied. Transportation For America didn't write this. Barack Obama did. (Well, his staff, presumably.) After T4A urged its supporters to sign a petition to John McCain and Barack Obama on the need for better transportation solutions, Obama sent them this thank-you letter containing the above passage.
All of these measures will have significant environmental and metropolitan planning advantages and help diversify our nation's transportation infrastructure. Everyone benefits if we can leave our cars, walk, bicycle and access other transportation alternatives. I agree that we can stop wasteful spending and save Americans money, and as president, I will re-evaluate the transportation funding process to ensure that smart growth considerations are taken into account.
I don't agree with everything Barack Obama says all the time. And sometimes I find myself frustrated by some of his campaign tactics, staffing decisions, or policy positions. But on transportation, so far he's never wavered. We really couldn't ask for anything better in a President Now it's up to Obama's transportation transition team to get the right people in senior positions in the government, like the new Office of Urban Policy and of course USDOT. And it's up to the President to deliver on his promises. But seriously, this is pretty kick ass.
Now it's up to Obama's transportation transition team to get the right people in senior positions in the government, like the new Office of Urban Policy and of course USDOT. And it's up to the President to deliver on his promises. But seriously, this is pretty kick ass.
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