DOT releases Beyond Traffic Megaforums schedule

11 events will focus on transportation trends and policies

Posted September 22, 2015

On September 18, 2015, the Department of Transportation (DOT) today released the schedule for its 11 Beyond Traffic Megaregion forums, which will facilitate conversation and solicit feedback to inform the final Beyond Traffic report on key transportation trends and policy proposals to be published in 2016. Beyond Traffic was launched in early 2015 to spark a national dialogue about the shape, size, and condition of the U.S. transportation system, and how it will need to continue meet future needs and goals.

According to the DOT, the bulk of the dramatic population growth anticipated in Beyond Traffic–70 million more people living in the U.S. by 2045–will occur in 11 rapidly–expanding metropolitan areas, or “megaregions,” where transportation infrastructure already struggles to keep up with current demand. Holding the forums in these areas will allow citizens, elected officials, metropolitan planning organization directors, transportation industry partners, business owners, and community leaders to bring their region-specific experience to discussions on the challenges identified in the report and potential solutions to those challenges.

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