Transportation in the Next American City

A Strong Towns Presentation

A Transportation in the Next American City talk from 2016.

For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments. In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.

    A Transportation in the Next American City presentation brings your community into the national conversation about transportation spending and will help local decision-makers determine where to spend precious transportation dollars to get the best return on your investment.

    Topics Covered in this Presentation:

    • A brief history of how we arrived at the current set of problems, particularly how centralization and an abundance of funding created short-term efficiencies but has stifled the development of alternative approaches.
    • Identification of the reasons why local governments find themselves stuck in the current paradigm and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.
    • The important difference between a road and a street and how to get the most out of each.
    • How to productively respond to congestion and safety problems within an urban environment.
    • The role of state and federal funding in local transportation decisions. How to get the most out of these funding sources without compromising the financial health of the community.
    • Dealing with resistance to change from public safety and maintenance staff.
    • The role of transit and bikes in creating a balanced portfolio of transportation options.

    Presentation length: This presentation typically takes 90 minutes with 60 minutes for speaking and 30 minutes for Q&A. It can be condensed to a 60 minute presentation if needed.

    Please contact Strong Towns' Pathfinder, Michelle Erfurt, if you have any questions about this presentation or hosting a Strong Towns event.

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