City leaders can drive the creation of efficient transportation system that provide for its community's needs in ways that influence patterns of growth and economic activity. With robust and sustainable financing mechanisms coupled with dynamic planning proccesses, cities can develop strategies for operating, managing, and maintaining local transportation systems that can feed into goals for national growth and global competitiveness.
Partnerships Unlock the Door to Progress in the Twin Cities: The Central Corridor Light Rail Project
This case study examines the strategy employed by the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) as they undertook a major transportation initiative – the Central Corridor light rail project, to connect their downtowns.
Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Projects, 2012: Describes PPPs, specifically for developing transportation and transit projects by outlining common structures used for transportation financing and development, the benefits and risks, and strategies for effective implementation.
Understanding Urban Transportation Systems: An Action Guide for City Leaders, 2011: Looks at issues with the urban transportation system and provides a broad overview of the causes of urban transportation problems and of the implications for finding good solutions.
Integrating Bike Share Programs Into a Sustainable Transportation System, 2011: Highlights bike share programs from Denver, CO, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN, and Buffalo, NY.
Local Roles in Integrating Transportation and Land Use, 2008: Provides local officials with strategies and action steps to help foster transportation and land use integration that both articulates local interests and advances regional goals.
MPOs 101: Understanding Your Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2013: Outlines everything a local elected official needs to know about their MPO ranging from how they are funded to how they can help strengthen their impact.
A New Approach to Transportation and Housing Development, 2012: Provides an overviw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, a tool which calculates housing affordability in terms of housing costs and the transportation costs associated with a home’s location.
Tools for Transportation and Land Use, 2011: Presents best practice examples of how regions are linking transportation and land use and how local elected officials can play a role in developing the regions they represent.
Presentations to the NLC Policy & Advocacy Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure & Services: Presentations made to NLC's Transporation Infrastructure and Services Policy and Advocacy Committee.
NLC's Building Cities, Building Futures - A National Infrastructure Tour: Findings from a national infrastructure tour hosted by the National League of Cities and local partners, sponsored by the Siemens Corporation.
NLC Corporate Partners - A list of the National League of Cities' Corporate Partners.
Sustainable Cities Institute: The Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities provides resources and information on sustainable transportation strategies such as transit, bike and pedestrian facilities and transit-oriented development.
Presentations to NLC's Transportation Infrastructure and Services Policy and Advocacy Committee: Link to presentations made to NLC's TIS committee at various conferences and meetings.
Office of Innovative Program Delivery, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal resource with tools to help local governments explore and implement innovative strategies to finance their transportation projects.
Building America’s Future Educational Fund: Bipartisan coalition of elected officials advocating for infrastructure investment.
Eno Center for Transportation: Think-tank which seeks improvement in transportation policy to increase mobility, safety, and sustainability.
National Association of City Transportation Officials: Membership association of large city transportation officials.
National Association of Regional Councils: Membership assocation of local councils of governments.
Smart Growth America: Coalition advocating for smater and better transportation development.
Transportation for America: Transportation coalition seeking reform on how transportation dollars are spent.