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DOT's 30-Year Plan Tracks Trends, Options

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently unveiled Beyond Traffic: Trends and Choices, a new preliminary report that outlines key trends likely to shape the U.S. transportation system over the next three decades.

The purpose of the draft report, DOT officials say, is to inform a national conversation about the future of U.S. transportation, objectively frame critical policy choices and generate additional feedback. DOT will release a final report later this year.

"For too long, our national dialogue about transportation has been focused on recreating the past," Foxx said during a recent online event, which he conducted with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. "Instead, we need to focus on the trends that are shaping our future," Foxx continued. "In Washington, in state capitals and in city halls, it is time to sound the alarm bell: the future is calling. Beyond Traffic gives us a view into 2045 and the basis to plan for it."

Work on the report began in January 2014 when the department assembled a team of experts to identify trends, examine the potential impacts of such trends and provide a range of policy options. Additionally, the team met with several transportation leaders and shared key findings in six webinars that drew 1,300 participants.

To see a slide presentation summarizing the report, read the draft document or provide comments, click here.
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