Where Transportation Engineers go to recover, reform and change the world: Streetsblog on CNU's Transportation Summit

There are precious few places where transportation engineers, planners, government officials and developers break out of their silos and actually cooperate in creating transportation systems that actually make neighborhoods more livable, valuable, convenient and sustainable. CNU's annual Transportation Summit looms large among them and Streetsblog San Francisco today previews this year's edition, which comes to Portland from November 4th-6th supercharged by changing political winds and the professional revolution that is replacing conventional auto-oriented design with highly connected, neighborhood-friendly networks.

You'll have to read to the end of the article for the amusingly insightful quote from John Norquist that inspired the headline above, but writer Matthew Roth gives you plenty of reasons to do so — like this excerpt from the principles for sustainable transportation networks prepared for the event by members of CNU's Project for Transportation Reform.

The US now has the world’s highest level of VMT per capita, while simultaneously experiencing the highest traffic fatality rates of any developed nation. Per capita traffic delay has more than doubled in the United States since 1982. This deterioration in transportation system performance has occurred in spite of an ongoing public investment of more that $200 billion per year in transportation infrastructure."

And this from conference organizer and Project for Transportation Reform co-chair Marcy McInelly of SERA Architects: "Reform is about giving more latitude to use highway funds for pieces of the network that may not be for highways. Right now the federal funds have to increase vehicular mobility, which raises VMT. If you had a funding formula that allowed you to count benefits to cost, it would almost always [result in] the other modes besides cars coming out more beneficial. It would balance consideration of other modes."

Read more at Streetsblog and at the official event website. And join us in Portland.


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