America's Transportation Future Meets Politics and the Federal Budget
Department of Urban Studies and Planning Professor Xavier de Sousa Briggs presented on March 13, 2012, as part of the Transportation@MIT speaker series. The title of his talk was "America's Transportation Future Meets Politics and the Federal Budget: An MIT Professor's Experience Inside the Obama White House."
Beyond the specific questions transportation experts and advocates have about maximizing economic benefits, expanding consumer options, and curbing carbon emissions, America's transportation choices, at the federal level on down, reflect major challenges at the intersection of planning, financing (who pays, what can we afford), politics, and capacity -- for everything from improved project selection to system management and oversight. How should we interpret President Obama's priorities and approach on these fronts, along with those of the Congress? What major opportunities and challenges will the next president and Congress face, and what outcomes are most likely?