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Published on January 21st, 2010 | by edfblog

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Way2Go’s To Do List: 10 Transportation Wishes for 2010

Way2Go is an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) blog where EDF transportation experts promote innovative and environmentally beneficial transportation policies and actions. This was originally posted at blogs.edf.org/transportation by Carrie Denning.

We'd like to see more of this is 2010. Author's photo.

We'd like to see more of this is 2010. Author's photo.

The start of a new year is a time to look forward, get a gym membership, and make resolutions. Here at Way2Go, we decided to follow the lead of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and make a transportation wish list for 2010, carrying over the best from ’09 and adding some new goals for the upcoming decade.

  • Passenger rail: The White House’s and Joe Biden’s interest in rail has been all over the news. We’d like to see reliable and faster passenger rail in the US. Kick back and see the US without long security lines and with mismatched socks.
  • Modernized, cleaner freight: Funding for a freight system that is efficient and provides environmental benefits. Our freight system is expected to grow 80% in the next 10 years, and we need solutions to reduce pollution and congestion.
Innovative data programs like New York MTA's make it easier for people to take transit. Courtesy NYC MTA.

Innovative data programs like New York MTA's make it easier for people to take transit. Courtesy NYC MTA.

  • Pay-as-you-drive insurance: Let’s incentivize reduced VMT and get PAYD in every state, so drivers can opt for an insurance policy that best reflects their lifestyle.
  • Smart pricing: In 2010 we’d like to see broader adoption of smart parking policies, such as parking cash-out. We also look forward to the release of and San Francisco’s pricing study examining the benefits of applying cordon pricing, that’s proven successful in Europe, to reduce pollution and improve transportation.



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    The Colorado town I live in has a great model for mass transit. Most of the cities and towns are connected by regional routes – while some of this is due to the luck of fairly close proximity, I’ve noticed a few tactics that make good service possible. One of these is the use of small/short buses (like the ones used for transporting nursing home residents) on small-town routes that don’t justify the use of regular sized city buses. Not sure where else this is done, but this is the only place I’ve seen it done. Places like Sacramento, CA would be wise to take something like this into consideration.

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