The nation’s transportation systems have a profound impact on our economy, quality of life, and resilience to disasters. Roadways, railways, airways, ports and waterways, public transit systems, pipelines, bike paths and sidewalks are the lifeblood of modern society. The National Academies’ Transportation Research Board recently released its 2013 report, Critical Issues in Transportation, which offers a list of key transportation challenges to stimulate awareness and debate and focus research on the nation’s most pressing transportation issues.
The report focuses on three main areas: (1) improving transportation system performance and resiliency, (2) reducing transportation injuries and fatalities, and (3) mitigating unsustainable environmental impacts. Transportation issues are intricately entwined with our ability to respond to disasters, adapt to broader societal changes, and address energy and environmental issues.
Download the report here.