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8 critical issues within the transportation sector

With the global trend toward urbanization and the creation of mega-cities and mega-regions, it has never been clearer that societies and economies are shaped by their transport systems.

Modern transportation infrastructure and the safe and efficient movement of people and goods by road, rail, air and water literally drives world commerce. And with the global trend toward urbanization and the creation of mega-cities and mega-regions, it has never been clearer that societies and economies are shaped by their transport systems.

We see this most visibly today in the UK, which has a host of game-changing transportation programs in play such as CrossrailHS2, the Heathrow Airport expansion and numerous roadway capacity improvement schemes.

In the U.S., the recent passage of the 5-year, $305-billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is providing needed funding certainty for state and local governments, as well as improvements to the programs that sustain the nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems and rail transportation network. But the new bill won’t return the country to a global leadership position in infrastructure quality, where we are currently ranked 16th in the world.

There are still critical issues that need to be addressed—from workforce development to sustainable funding to multimodal connectivity and more—in order to truly modernize the nation’s transportation network and begin to stem the significant GDP loses due to deficient systems that the American Society of Civil Engineers forecasts in its America’s Infrastructure Report Card.

To help advance this dialog, the Research Committee of the Transportation Institute Board at the University of Denver, supported by CH2M, has summarized eight critical issues within the transportation sector. The interactive PDF links below provide context for these issues, with a goal of raising awareness and to begin aligning with public and private sector entities who are interested in driving solutions to the country’s infrastructure needs. 

The Research Committee of the Board, which I co-chair, will continue to provide an industry viewpoint on these issues, and new critical issues as they arise.

About the Transportation Institute

The University of Denver’s Transportation Institute offers a unique program culminating in a Master of Science degree in Transportation Management. Initially conceived as one of the first programs focused on intermodal connectivity, with an emphasis in logistics and operations, the program now incorporates multiple disciplines and skill sets needed to accommodate the forecasted challenges in the complex, integrated transportation market.

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