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The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice

Posted by Content Coordinator on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

SMART GROWTH AMERICA

Introduction

State officials across the country are facing the same challenges. Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking while transportation demands grow. The traditional means of funding and delivering transportation services are no longer adequate, jeopardizing the path to tomorrow’s economy. The only answer is innovation.

Forward-thinking state and agency leaders know that to remain competitive, we must make changes to our transportation systems and update the transportation decision-making process. Though change can be intimidating, it is both possible and essential — as many officials across the country can attest.

States and their departments of transportation (DOTs) are rising to and overcoming the challenges they face. They are improving existing services in the short term and planning effectively for the long term. They are adopting innovative yet pragmatic reforms. They are reevaluating and retooling traditional practices to ensure that those practices continue to provide users with a robust, economically beneficial transportation network. These leaders and agencies are better meeting the needs of their residents, galvanizing political support for their work, and supporting the future prosperity of their state. Their success offers a model for others to follow.

Download full report (PDF): The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice

About Smart Growth America
www.smartgrowthamerica.org
“Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. We believe smart growth solutions support businesses and jobs, provide more options for how people get around and make it more affordable to live near work and the grocery store. Our coalition works with communities to fight sprawl and save money. We are making America’s neighborhoods great together.”

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