Slater releases vision

News January 12, 2000
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Entering the bell lap of his tenure as Secretary of Transportation, Rodney Slater released a pair of in-depth reports at the 80

Entering the bell lap of his tenure as Secretary of Transportation, Rodney Slater released a pair of in-depth reports at the 80th Annual Transportation Research Board held in Washington, D.C., on Monday.


The studies, titled Transportation Decision Making: Policy Architecture for the 21st Century and The Changing Face of Transportation, complement the National Transportation Trends and Choices Report, released by former Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman 25 years ago. Coleman's book defined the choices for transportation from 1975 to 2000. The two newest transportation publications "give decision makers a framework through which to consider needed changes in transportation organizations, structures and processes," according to Slater.


"Transportation is essential to strengthening America for the untold challenges and limitless opportunities of the 21st Century," he said. "America will need an integrated transportation system that moves people, goods, information and services safely and efficiently as a means for spurring the economy, enhancing the human and natural environment and ensuring national security."


The Changing Face of Transportation contains seven chapters covering "Visions Past and Future", "Growth, Deregulation and Intermodalism", "Safety", "Globalization", "People, Energy, and the Environment", "Technology" and "National Security".


As a companion document, the Policy Architecture report will "help translate the trends we see and the goals we set into choices that will guide decisionmaking for the next 25 years."


For more information on the studies, call the U.S. Department of Transportation at 202/366-4000.


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