As the New Year rolls in, pundits and psychics are making predictions left and right. Well, I've got one of my own: your DOT is going to look back on 2010 as another year to be proud of!
Here's just a preview of what's in the works:
- More recovery, more renewal: as more complex stimulus-funded projects get underway, we'll see even more Recovery Act jobs than in 2009, and more upgraded infrastructure. Two highlights that will arrive early in the year? $8 billion in High-Speed Rail grants as we take our first steps toward new American regional inter-city passenger rail. And $1.5 billion in TIGER discretionary grants to begin nationally significant projects in economically distressed areas.
- More safety: I am not about to lay down on this; whether it's distracted driving, impaired driving, or driving unprotected by seat belts, expect to see more from us on making our roadways safer for everyone.
- More livability, sustainability: as 2009 wound down, we made our first grants for livable communities in New Orleans; in 2010 the TIGER grants we award will include as criteria the project’s contribution to sustainability and livability. Also in 2010, the Obama Administration's Partnership for Sustainable Communities of DOT-HUD-EPA will continue to align our efforts to promote the Three E's of economic development, environmental protection, and equitable access to transportation.