U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx just released Beyond Traffic 2045, a report about the future of transportation in the United States. This report highlights the challenges facing the U.S. transportation system over the next three decades. In addition to planning and funding mechanisms, the report also highlights the demands and challenges associated with population growth, increasing freight volume, climate change, and deployment of automated vehicle technology. Ultimately, the report found that investment in transportation infrastructure would allow the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to keep pace with a changing traffic safety landscape.
Beyond Traffic 2045
This report came after two years of research by the U.S. DOT and other organizations. An initial draft of the report was released on the U.S. DOT’s website in February of 2015 and was downloaded over a half million times. The U.S. DOT received feedback from the general public and from a variety of agencies and workshops around the nation. Public meetings were held in 11 different cities to explore the unique traffic safety and transportation challenges impacting each of the emerging megaregions.
Moving Forward in Traffic Safety
The report found three strategies to employ moving forward with an ever-changing technological landscape to address the anticipated challenges of transportation and traffic safety over the next 30 years. Listed below are the three strategies the U.S. DOT plans to use moving forward into the future of transportation in the United States.
U.S DOT’s Three Strategies
- Take better care of existing roads, bridges and ports.
- Fund and prioritize new projects based on future projections.
- Use technologies and better design approach to maximize new and old transportation assets.
Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers
U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx has also just announced the designation of 18 Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers across the nation. These centers will focus on research to discuss and address a variety of broad and unique traffic safety challenges facing U.S. motorists in many different locations in the near future.
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