2030 Group Report Raises Issues, Sparks Debate
June 21, 2011 |
One of our key goals at SMTA is to raise the level of the debate over transportation policy in our region, to focus more on the factual issues, less on politics or ideology.
This is why we were pleased to participate in the recent survey of regional transportation experts released by the 2030 Group. A recent article in Patch.com reported on this effort.
NewsChannel 8’s “News Talk with Bruce DePuyt” also did a follow-up piece today, with both SMTA and anti-road activists represented, in what turned out to be a lively debate. The show illustrated areas of agreement and stark differences of opinion between those of us who seek to have multi-billion-dollar investments in transportation guided by solid planning, engineering and factual analysis, and those who prefer to rely upon blind ideology and wishful thinking.
Facts are stubborn things, however, and by focussing on the facts we hope to help bring the entire commnity together around a set of solutions that are realistic and can work, regardless of whether they are roads or transit, or something else entirely. We welcome your continued input on this topic as we move forward.
Click here for more on the key findings of the 2030 Group’s survey of regional transportation experts on regional transportation priorities.
We will also continue to press for increased investement in all modes of transportation, as no amount of discussion about priorities will accomplish anything without investing the necessary resources to get any of them built. Maryland legislators, are you listening?