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U.S. DOT Role in Livability to be Subject of September Online Forum

September 21, 2009

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a Forum on Livability in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The free event, held in webinar format, will be this Thursday, September 24, 2009, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST. The Forum on Livability will be the first national-scale opportunity for dialogue with some of the key U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leaders and staff engaged in the new transportation and livability initiatives of the Obama administration.

During the Forum, new information will be presented about the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, announced on June 16, 2009 by the USDOT, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The partnership was formed to help American families in all communities – rural, suburban, and urban – gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. The three agencies will work together to ensure that these housing and transportation goals are met while simultaneously protecting the environment, promoting equitable development, and helping to address the challenges of climate change.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has identified livability as a key priority for transportation. The Secretary’s vision is “transportation policies that focus on people and communities who use the transportation system.” The DOT’s goal is to chart a new course for the future and use the transportation system to foster an improved quality of life for all citizens.

The Forum will be led by Beth Osborne, USDOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Gloria Shepherd, FHWA Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty, and Susan Borinsky, FTA Associate Administrator for Planning and Environment.

This webinar will discuss details about the DOT/HUD/EPA Sustainable Communities Partnership, the ongoing partnership between FTA and HUD focusing on Transit-Oriented Development, as well as Secretary LaHood’s Livability Initiative within USDOT. Feedback and questions will be welcomed from participants. A key objective of OST, FHWA, and FTA is to use this opportunity to engage the national community of practitioners, advocates, and interested organizations to gain their insights and assistance in achieving the Partnership goals.

Click here to register.

For more information, please contact Aurash Khawarzad at aurash(at)pps.org.