Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Legacy Update: Transportation

Our transportation system impacts not only our ability to get from one place to another, but also shapes our land uses, economic development and housing choices, impacts the quality of our air and water and contributes to our health and physical fitness. To maintain a livable community, we need to assure that our transportation decision making is consistent with our land use goals; that transportation choices are available for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons of all abilities as well as for automobiles; and that our transportation system is designed to encourage physical activity and developed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

In order to accommodate 120,000 new people and 66,000 jobs over the next twenty years, we need a new paradigm, the recognition that one of the major purposes of our transportation system is to move people as well as vehicles. We need to have an integrated, multi-modal, sustainably-designed transportation system that offers choices among modes.

The Transportation Chapter of the Legacy Update should serve to guide public investment in the various components of the transportation system, serve as the basis for new and updated standards and guidelines for transportation facilities (roads, sidewalks, greenways) and be used as the goals and objectives of the Long Range Transportation Plan, the federally required transportation plan for the Winston-Salem Urban Area.

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