SGA News Clips, 5/23/11

Opinion: How to fix American transportation
Politico, 5/23/11
“Congress must act now to craft legislation that can help create long-term jobs, reduce the massive federal bureaucracy, streamline project delivery and provide flexibility to states so they can address their infrastructure needs.”

Smart growth hinges on smart decisions, 5/23/11
“If Northampton is to remain a desirable community in which to work, shop and buy a home, we are going to have to pay more attention to the planning decisions made by our local government.”

Atlanta at heart of area’s transit issues
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/22/11
“Every day, Atlanta’s population more than doubles to more than 1.2 million people as workers, shoppers and entertainment seekers pour into the city in cars or via mass transit, according to city officials. In many ways, Atlanta — where three major interstates and two major railroad networks converge — lies at the heart of the region’s traffic grid. It has always struggled to maintain and expand interstate and transit systems that link the metro counties and move their residents.”

Truckers highlight need for increase in infrastructure spending
The Hill, 5/20/11
“The American Trucking Association’s U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2022 predicts the amount of freight transported will increase by 24 percent by 2022. The freight transportation industry’s revenue is projected to rise by 66 percent.

We need better alternatives to driving out cars
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/21/11
“Many families in the metro area spend more than 25% of their income on transportation. Most families in the area spend more than 45% of their income on housing and transportation combined. Rising gas costs only make the situation worse.”

Partnerships aims to help Fairfax County transform Tysons Corner
The Washington Post, 5/22/11
“‘We’re going to focus on people, place, economy and business,’ said Keith Turner, the group’s chairman and a senior vice president of Cityline Partners.”