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STPP Progress Newsletters

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March 2003 Tea 3 And Local Control
February 2003  Where Did The Money Go? 10 Years and $300 Billion Later


October 2002 The Transit Renaissance
March 2002 10 Years of Progress—Challenges Ahead


December 2001 The Time Is Right for Getting It Right
May 2001 Intelligent Transportation Systems
February 2001 Driven to Spend


November 2000 Greetings From Smart Growth America
June-July 2000 Another Batch of Books for The Beach
April-May 2000 Tea-21 So Far
Feb.-March 2000 Strengthening the “E” In Tea-21


December 1999 The Lure of the Underground
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Remembering David Burwell – Sarah Campbell

Dear Friends,

On February 1, 2017 our community of transportation policy reform lost a long-time advocate, who coached many of us in understanding the difference between “convinced” and “convincing”. He was not only at the front of the successful rails to trails movement, but he was also one of the founders of the Surface Transportation Policy Project – now Partnership. In his spare time, he worked to bring understanding and conviction to climate policy.

David Burwell was not just a well-meaning intellectual. He was a clear-headed optimist, who by amazing focus (decades) created the transportation reform movement from the embers of citizen protest over interstate freeway construction that crushed urban neighborhoods and rural beauty alike.

As James Coreless (Transportation for America) says, David’s book [1] The End of the Road, put the problem into human perspective; it is a work that continues to inspire younger generations. I will skip over his incredible accomplishments on masterminding the Rails to Trails movement and focus on how I know him best in the larger role of broad transportation reform and the creation of STPP.

Like many in the transportation field, I met David Burwell because he showed up in my office. I was at US DOT during the Carter Administration, when I was privileged to work for Mort Downey, Asst. Secretary of Budget and Programs and Anne Canby, Deputy ASBP. It was heady times and David was looking for sympathetic ears among people who just might be able to do something. Most of you won’t know that the Carter Administration had a really progressive urban policy AND also had a focused delivery system for rural communities. But David knew. And he asked for help in preserving what most Americans hold dear instinctively about their heritage: community, history, clean environment, economic opportunity, and human-scale neighborhoods .

Let’s be clear – David was not a stick-in-mud, status quo kind of person and his extreme optimism encouraged (and prodded) us all to do better.

Eleven or so years later, after occasional shared discussion in urban issues, he showed up on my doorstep with one of many great ideas David was to promote over more than 40 years of advocacy. He and Jessica Tuchman Matthews – then on the Washington Post editorial board and, most recently, head of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – had been working with others concerned about the environmental on how to successfully implement the new Amendments to the Clean Air Act. David had come to ask me to work with them and a growing group of non-profits and public interest associations (cities, MPOs, architects, planners, bicyclists, landscape architects, transit interests and certain urban states) on the reauthorization of the highway and transit legislation due for expiration in 1991. David and the group believed they needed someone who knew the transportation law and protocols, so I got the nod. Whatever they thought, it was essential that a brilliant and dedicated person such as David was clearly in the leadership.

It was wonderful to be part of what this group of 130 organizations accomplished from June 1990 until the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) was enacted in December 1991. I still see this broad-based collaboration as a landmark event in Federal policy, and I know just how much of this result is a credit to the spirit and life of David Burwell. We need him now more than ever.

David was one of the very distinguished alumni of Directors of the STPP that came after me: Grace Crunican, Hank Dittmar, Roy Kienitz, (David), Anne Canby, and Bill Wilkinson. All have made their positive marks in this world of transportation reform, and David remains in our hearts as an inspirational force for STPP’s work.

May God bless his spirit—- and we follow his example.

Sarah Campbell
Founding director and current board member of STPP

See the following for more information on David and his remarkable life:


“THE END OF THE ROAD – A Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Problemsolving”

Co-authors: David G. Burwell and Mary Ann Wilner; Foreword By Senator Henry M.[Scoop] Jackson

Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program Report (May 2014)

In 2005 the United States Congress directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). The program provided more than $25 million in contract authority to four pilot communities and counties: Columbia, Missouri; Marin County, California; the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Funds were directed to be used for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and non-motorized facility programs.

Initial results appear promising: From 2007 to 2013, the pilot communities observed an estimated 22.8 percent increase in the number of walking trips and an estimated 48.3 percent increase in the number of bicycling trips.

In May 2014 a status report was issued on the NTPP: Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program: Continued Progress in Developing Walking and Bicycling Networks. )  The report summarizes the progress and results of the NTPP from August 2005 through December 2013, and examines how the NTPP pilot communities provide examples to other communities interested in implementing and evaluating nonmotorized investments.

This report analyzes the results through December 2013 of the NTPP in terms of program implementation, transportation mode shift toward walking and bicycling and associated improvements pertaining to access and mobility, safety and public health, and the environment and energy.

Visit this page for more about the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP).

Energy Use and Environmental Protection


Transportation and Environment Factsheet
4/24/1996   Transportation and the EnvironmentTransportation investments, services and incentives should meet our travel needs, promote economic prosperity and environmental justice, preserve and protect open space, scenic resources and agricultural land, protect and enhance the integrity of natural resource systems and wild places and improve air and water quality.
Energy and Climate Change Factsheet
4/1/2003   Transportation and Climate ChangeAmerica’s reliance on the automobile has adversely affected our climate and influenced our foreign policy. .
Examples From Ten Years of Progress
3/19/2000   Ten Years Of Progress—Examples include Enhancing Health, Safety, and Security, Conserving Energy and Enhancing the Environment, Creating Equitable and Livable Communities, and Promoting Economic Prosperity.
Second Nature: Improving Transportation Without Putting Nature Second
4/22/2003  Second Nature—The United States is approaching a crossroads; unimpeded urbanization may soon collide with the limits of our country’s natural resources. The rate of this urbanization surpasses population growth, and threatens to overwhelm previous victories in environmental protection.
Transportation and Biodiversity Factsheet
10/29/2002   Transportation and Biodiversity Report—Transportation and the sprawling development it encourages has been recognized as a primary cause of habitat loss and a subsequent decline in biodiversity.
The CMAQ Program: Funding Cleaner Air
1/30/2003   The CMAQ Program—More than $2 Billion of Unused Potential—The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) was created under ISTEA in 1991. Lawmakers established the innovative program to help fund regional and local efforts to achieve compliance with national air quality standards set under the Clean Air Act.
Transportation Project Delays
9/19/2002   Transportation Project Delays—Recent reports from the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials suggest that problems with transportation project delays will not be solved by diluting widely-supported environmental laws.

Health and Safety

Surface Transportation Policy Project Archives

Transportation and Health Factsheet
4/24/1996  Transportation and Health The transportation system in communities affects health and safety, often engineering out opportunities for physical activity while increasing exposure to hazardous high-speed traffic and automobile pollution…
Pedestrian Poll
4/1/2003  Pedestrian Poll 2002 A new national survey on attitudes toward walking finds that the American public wants to walk more places more often, and is willing to invest in making it possible.
Mean Streets (2002)
11/21/2002  Mean Streets 2002 STPP’s “Mean Streets 2002” report is the latest study in a series that looks at the perils facing pedestrians, why where you live matters, and how states aren’t spending enough to fix the problem.
 Summary of Safe Routes To School Programs (2002)
11/4/2003  Safe Routes To School A summary of SRTS programs across the United States, including listings of programs in California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Washington.
Enhanced Public Health, Safety and Security
8/28/2001  Issue Areas: Enhanced Public Health, Safety, and Security areas related to Public Health, Safety, and Security, from Ten Years of Progress. Examples from across the United States, including California, Delaware, DC, Montana, Michigan, and other states.
Decoding Transportation Policy & Practice
1/30/2003  Decoding Transportation Policy & Practice, reducing deaths and injuries through safer streets. Despite the gains that have been made in traffic safety programs in the U.S., traffic crashes are still the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 4 and 33.
Aggressive Driving: Are You At Risk?
4/22/1999  Aggressive Driving: Are You At Risk. STPP wanted to have a better understanding of where aggressive driving is occurring and why.