States across the country are facing the same challenges. Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking. Yet state transportation officials have ambitious goals: improve safety, enhance economic opportunity, improve reliability, preserve system assets, accelerate project delivery, and help to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods, just to name a few.
Smart Growth America works in partnership with Governors, DOTs, and other transportation providers to advance these goals by helping government get out of its own way. SGA analyzes transportation agencies’ rules and culture, pinpoints hidden obstacles to developing projects that grow economies and maximize return on investment, and identifies ways to remove those barriers. This work is designed to put good policies in place on the ground, provide models for other states, and inform the federal transportation discussion.
On December 7, 2015, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released its Complete Streets Implementation Plan, an ambitious and comprehensive commitment to change the way roads are designed and built in Florida to make them safer for all types of travelers, while also promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life.
VTrans, in partnership with Smart Growth America, has unveiled a work program for revising the Vermont State Standards, which provide VTrans staff and other partners with direction in designing roadway transportation projects.