The Candidates on Transportation

On this election eve, I thought it might be worth taking one more look at the candidates’ positions on transportation. The following report is from the Brookings Institution.

Candidates on Transportation
Compiled by Brookings Institution experts, this chart is part of a series of issue indices to be published during the 2008 Presidential election cycle. The policy issues included in this series were chosen by Brookings staff and represent the most critical topics facing America’s next President. Available voting records and statements vary based on time in office.

Be sure to follow the many links to external sources from inside the PDF.

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4 Responses to “The Candidates on Transportation”

  • Shane says:

    Nice, this part on Smart Growth is the only part that mentions Bicycling and Obama is the only one where that even shows up on the radar specifically.
    Obama also met with the Bicycle Industry several months ago- I don’t know of any presidential candidate that has ever done that!

    “Obama will build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more
    Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater
    bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks. As president, Obama
    will work to provide states and local governments with the resources they
    need to address sprawl and create more livable communities.” –

    “McCain hasn’t released a formal policy identified as targeting urban issues.”
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  • Gordon Inkeles says:

    We’re grasping a straws here. A meeting with a cycling group…a promise to “incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage”…

    Assuming Obama wins tomorrow, we’ll have our work cut out for us. He could do cycling a lot of good but I’m afraid we’re very far from any kind of guarantee that anything will actually happen.

  • Red says:

    I agree that cyclists will need to continue to work. Fact is we should probably work harder under an Obama administration. There is less lilklihood of being derisevly dismissed. It is best to strike while the iron’s hot.

  • andy parmentier says:

    as a confirmed walkaholic, i do enjoy the feeling of walking down the middle of the street at night on quiet back roads. if the road were a dinner plate, i would be the burger in the middle, and not the side salad sidewalk.
    of course this is just a reiteration on my part–i’m a confirmed ecovelo-aholic who’s discovered like-mindedness here, which has really confirmed and rounded out these burger
    instincts of mine, with news from afar about cities shutting down traffic and opening it up to the pedalers and pedestrians, and too many other gems to mention.
    and though i’m apolitical, a nuetral swisscheeseburger, i have to admit i’m glad this dude is a surfer

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