Updated at 11:37 a.m. on May 26.
Earlier this month the Department of Transportation released its draft strategic plan for the next five years, posting it on the department's website and asking for public comments. Titled "Transportation for a New Generation," it lays out an ambitious and "transformative" set of goals to enable the country's transportation system to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century, according to the executive summary.
The draft plan is organized around five strategic goals, with a chapter for each elaborating on detailed strategies, as well as challenges, for meeting them. The goals are:
• Improve public health and safety by reducing transportation-related fatalities and injuries.
• Ensure the U.S. proactively maintains its critical transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair.
• Promote transportation policies and investments that foster economic competitiveness and bring lasting and equitable benefits to the nation and its citizens.
• Foster livable communities through place-based policies and investment that increase transportation choices and access to transportation services.
• Advance environmentally sustainable policies and investments that reduce carbon and other harmful emissions from transportation sources.
What is your opinion of the department's draft strategic plan? Do you agree with its priorities? What do you think of the strategies it proposes to advance those goals? If you were to write a strategic plan for DOT, how would it differ?