[Ed's Note: Copied & pasted from Steve Davis's article at Transportation for America.]
In the revolutionary transportation bill of 1991, Congress officially declared that Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System had been completed, signaling an end to one of the greatest national investments in history. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a new national vision to take it’s place, and our transportation system has been operating as a ship without a rudder since.
We’re in desperate need of an overarching strategy that determines when, how, and where transportation dollars are spent. As of now, we have no firm plan. No vision. No goal for what the billions in taxpayer dollars should accomplish. That can all change with the National Transportation Objectives Act of 2009 introduced last week by three members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Rush Holt (D-NJ), and Jay Inslee (D-WA).
These three Representatives made a great step towards a 21st Century transportation system by introducing this bill, but this legislation needs us to stand behind it to have a real impact. Let’s send a message to Congress loud and clear that this is the kind of vision the American people support.
Like its companion bill introduced to the Senate in May, this bill sets a bold new vision for federal transportation policy and is in line with Transportation for America’s goals for reform: building a cleaner, smarter, safer system that provides more travel choices for all Americans.
The House bill establishes six objectives and 10 measurable targets. If they sound familiar at all, that’s because they’re exactly the same as what we have in our Blueprint. The performance targets, which all have of a goal of being achieved in 20 years, include: