The 2009 David R. Goode National Transportation Policy Conference
The Miller Center of Public Affairs held the inaugural David R. Goode National Transportation Policy Conference entitled "Beyond Stimulus: Toward a New Transportation Agenda for America" from September 9-11, 2009.
This policy conference of recognized experts, co-chaired by former Secretaries of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and Samuel K. Skinner, was convened in order to facilitate, at a critical time, original and necessary thinking about the financing, governance, and management of America’s transportation infrastructure.
Three years ago, Americans celebrated the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Interstate Highway System - one of the proudest achievements of Twentieth Century America. Our pride was tempered, however, by conspicuous evidence of our transportation system’s steady deterioration, and its diminishing capacity to support America’s economic growth. Before the onset of the recession, bottlenecks in all transport modes had begun to compromise both the quality of people’s lives and America’s global competitiveness. Today, the transportation system’s deficiencies will almost certainly impede the pace of economic recovery.
What’s needed is nothing less than a fundamental overhaul of America’s transportation policies and programs.
While these conclusions have been the subject of a broad consensus among transportation policy thinkers for some time, and despite the growing prominence of transport infrastructure as a central element in the stimulus effort, Congress has been unwilling to treat transportation program reform as a front-burner issue.
The conference report, titled "Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda," provides a credible agenda to guide the legislative process and offers lasting value to the discussion of the future of our transportation systems. A second conference will take place in the fall of 2011.
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Norman Y. Mineta
Conference Co-Chair Norman Y. Mineta served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush from 2001-06. In that role, he guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, an agency with more than 65,000 employees and the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. He was appointed Secretary of Commerce under President William J. Clinton, and prior to that, he was vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State. Secretary Mineta was a member of Congress representing San Jose, California, from 1975 to 1995 and a former Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Presently, he is the Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton, where he provides counsel and strategic advice to clients on a wide range of business and political issues, including transportation and national security.