Innovative State Transportation Policy
States across the country are facing many of the same challenges. Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking. Yet state transportation officials still have ambitious goals to 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. We analyze transportation agencies’ rules and culture, pinpoint 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.
Through a new partnership with the State Smart Transportation Initiative, we have a unified home for our work on these innovative transportation strategies. If you would like to stay informed about this work in detail, you can sign up for our state smart transportation mailing list.
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.