Looking back and looking forward

Transportation has been in the news quite a bit this past year and rightly so. There are many issues confronting us – how to pay for aging infrastructure, how to reduce our dependence on oil, how to reduce our carbon footprint, etc. And of course there are many differing views on how to accomplish these tasks, and even whether or not we should be heading in this direction.

The Atlantic magazine’s Eric Jaffe has issued his top ten biggest transportation failures of 2011. Included are the rejection of the high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, the conviction of a mother whose son was killed by a drunk driver while they were crossing the road, upgrades to the Tappan Zee bridge in New York which do not allow for alternative transit modes, and the expiration of commuter tax benefits.

In looking forward to 2012, PR Newswire reports on their top ten transportation topics for this coming year. Included on this list are managing in lean times, planning for natural disasters, reducing traffic deaths and serving a growing elderly population.

Let’s hope that the differing factions can compromise and we can move forward. There’s so much that needs to be done.




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