Transportation Policy Landscape Impact

The subcommittee heard testimony on Federal transportation policies and their impact on state and local transportation systems and the… read more

The subcommittee heard testimony on Federal transportation policies and their impact on state and local transportation systems and the environment. The hearing was the seventh in a series held by the subcommittee on the future of the American landscape. Subcommittee Chairman Kostmayer described the change in the American landscape over the past few decades as the spread of low-density developments built where land is cheap, not where jobs or shopping areas are located. The resulting subdivisions can only be served by highways, which increase inefficient highway travel and pave over valuable and scenic land. Witnesses testified on the country’s dependence on the Federal highway system and the oil-consuming automobile, and suggested alternative methods of transportation that may reduce the impact of transportation on the surrounding environment and lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil. Mr. Packard testified and presented a slide show on the successful reformation of the transportation system of Portland, OR, which removed several freeways and installed a system of light rail to solve its transportation problems. Mr. McMahon presented a slide show on the transportation infrastructure of America, including some of the successful and unsuccessful uses of highways in the American landscape. close

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Transportation Policy Landscape Impact

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Program ID:
18775-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 5, 1991
Last Aired:
Jul 7, 1991

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  • Jul 05, 1991 | 10:42am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 05, 1991 | 10:25pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 07, 1991 | 4:05am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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