"For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development."
Those are the words of President Barack Obama at yesterday's urban affairs summit. Among other topics, the President talked about the 3-agency livable community partnership between DOT, HUD, and the EPA as part of his "new, imaginative, bold vision," for the nation's cities. "Housing, transportation, energy efficiency -- these things aren't mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand."
As he indicated, we are taking a hard look at urban practices around the country to identify best practices in housing, transportation, and sustainability.
The nation's cities should also welcome the President's request to the Office of Urban Affairs and other agencies to review federal infrastructure and transportation policies and "how Washington helps or hinders our cities and metro areas."
“What we’ve heard," said new Office of Urban Affairs head Adolfo Carrion, “is that there are too many bottlenecks in the way for cities to have the latitude to invest in smart ways and make the connections for the way people live.”
I assure you, the DOT is on-board the movement to ease those bottlenecks where we can and to streamline transportation funding to urban areas.