Professional Practice
U.S.DOT Role in Livability to be Subject of September Online Forum
Date: 9/24/2009 - 9/24/2009
Type: Events
Location(s):
US
Description:

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to presenta Forum on Livability in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), the Federal HighwayAdministration (FHWA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The free event, held in webinar format, will be Thursday, September 24, 2009, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST. The Forum on Livability will be the first national-scale opportunity for dialogue with some of the key U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leaders and staff engaged in the new transportation and livability initiatives of the Obama Administration.    

During the forum, new information will be presented about the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, announced on June 16, 2009, by the USDOT, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA). The partnership was formed to help American families in all communities -- rural, suburban and urban -- gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. The three agencies will work together to ensure that these housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and helping to address the challenges of climate change.

U.S. Secretaryof Transportation Ray LaHood has identified livability as a keypriority for transportation. The Secretary's vision is"transportation policies that focus on people and communitieswho use the transportation system." The DOT's goal isto chart a new course for the future and use the transportationsystem to foster an improved quality of life for all citizens.   

The forum will be led by Beth Osborne, USDOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy; Gloria Shepherd, FHWA AssociateAdministrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty; and Susan Borinsky, FTA Associate Administrator for Planning an Environment.

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