Policy Considerations Presentation to the PPP Commission Quentin Palfrey July 15, 2013 Jobs & Economic Development • We aim to create a transportation system that – enables economic development – aids job creation – helps reduce the costs of doing business – attracts new investment to the Commonwealth – makes it easier for employees & customers to get where they need to go Efficiency & Reliability • We want to build a safe & reliable transportation system where delays are minimized & travel times are consistent. • To meet our current & future transportation needs, we must expand our transportation capacity by managing existing corridors more efficiently & making new capital investments. • We also want to manage our transportation assets so that we can extend their useful life & maximize the benefits of our past investments. Funding, Equity & Access • Our transportation funding falls far below our needs. It is imperative that we identify both new funds & new efficiencies. • The burden of any new investments must be fair & appropriate. • We should broaden our transportation network services to serve more & different users in more locations. • We also need more & better access to our transportation system for people with disabilities and mobility challenges. Environmental Protection • We need a transportation system that is environmentally sustainable. • Pursuant to our GreenDOT initiative, that means assessing the impact our projects have on air & water quality, carbon impact, wetlands protection & other priorities. • We are also particularly cognizant of the impact our decisions have on environmental justice communities. Smart Growth & Mode Shift • We want to make transportation investments that encourage the development of sustainable, livable communities. • Some of our policy choices seek to enable & incentivize the use of high-occupancy / multipassenger vehicles. • With so many different users competing for space – bicyclists, pedestrians & vehicles - we must find better ways to share our roadways through engineering, education & enforcement.