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USDOT and Boston Mayor Look Beyond Traffic

[ October 23, 2015   //   ]

U.S. Transportation Under Secretary Peter Rogoff and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently hosted the seventh of 11 nationwide regional forums on the Beyond Traffic draft framework at Boston University.

The Beyond Traffic report examines the trends and choices facing America’s transportation infrastructure over the next three decades, including a rapidly growing population, increasing freight volume, demographic shifts in rural and urban areas, and a transportation system facing more frequent extreme weather events. The report predicts increased gridlock nationwide unless changes are made in the near-term.

Beyond Traffic recognizes that the Northeast mega region will be uniquely impacted by transportation challenges and opportunities in the next three decades,” said U.S. Transportation Under Secretary Rogoff. “Today’s conversation with local residents, who are most familiar with the region’s transportation systems, was both enlightening and informative. The feedback we received will be significantly valuable as we finalize the framework.”

By 2050, the population of the Northeast mega region – which includes Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. – is expected to increase by more than 35%. But, as the condition of transportation infrastructure continues to worsen, leaders within the region have critical investment decisions to make in order to accommodate this growth in population while preserving quality of life.

“Here in Boston we are committed to creating a transportation system that is safe, efficient and equitable,” said Mayor Walsh. “We know that our economy, our environment and the future of our City depends on it, and I thank all of the forum participants for their partnership in helping us work towards that mission.”

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