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Do you have a burning question for Secretary Ray Lahood?

10 Jan 2012 | Under Campaign Blog | Posted by | 20 Comments | , ,

I hope so, because the U.S. Secretary of Transportation wants to answer yours!

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has asked Transportation for America’s many partners and supporters to submit questions for him that he’ll answer in his next edition of “On the Go,” a monthly video segment with the Secretary where he answers a few in-depth transportation-related questions. Here’s the December edition of the show:

His office has asked us to gather a collection of questions from T4 America partners and our thousands of supporters from all across the country. So ask away! Do you want to know about the prospects of the transportation bill or what the administration is doing to get it passed? Curious about the future of the high-speed rail program after recent cuts? Whatever you’d like to know, you can ask it here and it’ll land on the Secretary’s desk — though no guarantees on which questions he chooses, of course.

You can submit your question a few different ways:

  1. Leave it right here on this post in the comments
  2. Ask it on Twitter by including the hashtag #q4ray at the end of your tweet
  3. Email it directly to us at info [at] t4america.org and we’ll pass it along.
So get your questions in by next Tuesday, January 17th.

20 Comments

  1. Where do we stand with actually implementing the “end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized”, as you so encouragingly stated in 2010? Has there been any improvement in adequately funding bike/ped improvements, and in making bike/ped transportation safer?

  2. Scott Rowe

    3 years ago

    The Partnership for Sustainable Communities with HUD and EPA is under increasing pressure; one area in which USDOT can help is by directing the FHWA and FTA to direct MPOs to integrate their long-range transportation plans with the regional plans for sustainable development being funded throughout the country by HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Grant Program. MPOs are required participants in HUDs process; most of the regional groups who won HUD support for this effort are led by their MPOs: is this an area in which USDOT can provide greater support?

  3. Anonymous

    3 years ago

    I realize the political climate we’re in, but why hasn’t the Administration come up with a national surface transportation plan? One that includes all modes of transport and is able to be funded without just throwing money at it. Something like a transit trust fund. Would also like to a see a national public transportation bill, where each county can vote to join in, where someone can take a bus to the nearest town, and board another bus or train to the big city and so on. 

  4. Jlandau100

    3 years ago

    by living in a country that is convincing all the people to buy health insurance, just because “YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE” i want that we should all have a car, for free, and we should all have thr right to have free transportation.

    thank you

  5. Randy Barrett

    3 years ago

    on Amtrak why if they cancel a segment of train travel they just leave you on your own.  Airline travel finds you another flight even on other airlines but Amtrak just says, sorry, and your on our own.  

  6. Amovens USA

    3 years ago

    What sort of plans (if any) does the administration have to promote ridesharing/carpooling? 

  7. ITE

    3 years ago

    The Obama Administration has stated that the federal gas tax should not be
    raised in the current economic climate, and that taxing system users based on
    vehicle miles of travel is not an option for the immediate future. As the
    current federal gas tax is not enough to support current levels of
    transportation funding, what are some possible sources of additional revenue for
    transportation that the Administration would find acceptable?

  8. Jaime_ap

    3 years ago

     How much of the possible progress that could be made to US infrastructure through ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) technologies, do you recon, is stymed by laws that protect activities proven to be dangerous (such as the removal of red-light cameras in several cities around the country)?

  9. Jaime_ap

    3 years ago

     How much of the possible progress that could be made to US infrastructure through ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) technologies, do you recon, is stymed by laws that protect activities proven to be dangerous (such as the removal of red-light cameras in several cities around the country)?

  10. Jaime_ap

    3 years ago

     How much of the possible progress that could be made to US infrastructure through ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) technologies, do you recon, is stymed by laws that protect activities proven to be dangerous (such as the removal of red-light cameras in several cities around the country)?

  11. Jaime_ap

    3 years ago

     How much of the possible progress that could be made to US infrastructure through ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) technologies, do you recon, is stymed by laws that protect activities proven to be dangerous (such as the removal of red-light cameras in several cities around the country)?

  12. Clutch J

    3 years ago

    The interstate highway system continues to provide the nation with remarkable interregional mobility. However, is it possible that constructing freeways through the hearts of our major cities was a mistake? Would the federal government consider enhancing its role in helping cities assess whether communities might be better off converting some of these highways into surface streets or even parks, housing, etc? Thank you, and keep up the great work.

  13. Clutch J

    3 years ago

    The interstate highway system continues to provide the nation with remarkable interregional mobility. However, is it possible that constructing freeways through the hearts of our major cities was a mistake? Would the federal government consider enhancing its role in helping cities assess whether communities might be better off converting some of these highways into surface streets or even parks, housing, etc? Thank you, and keep up the great work.

  14. Clutch J

    3 years ago

    The interstate highway system continues to provide the nation with remarkable interregional mobility. However, is it possible that constructing freeways through the hearts of our major cities was a mistake? Would the federal government consider enhancing its role in helping cities assess whether communities might be better off converting some of these highways into surface streets or even parks, housing, etc? Thank you, and keep up the great work.

  15. Clutch J

    3 years ago

    The interstate highway system continues to provide the nation with remarkable interregional mobility. However, is it possible that constructing freeways through the hearts of our major cities was a mistake? Would the federal government consider enhancing its role in helping cities assess whether communities might be better off converting some of these highways into surface streets or even parks, housing, etc? Thank you, and keep up the great work.

  16. Eric Fredericks

    3 years ago

    California legislators appear to be hedging against allocating the high-speed rail funds the Obama Administration awarded to California through the stimulus. This would put all of the billions at risk if they are to be authorized by the end of this year. Do you think the Administration will step in to make the CA legislators aware of the consequences should they reject this funding?

  17. Eric Fredericks

    3 years ago

    California legislators appear to be hedging against allocating the high-speed rail funds the Obama Administration awarded to California through the stimulus. This would put all of the billions at risk if they are to be authorized by the end of this year. Do you think the Administration will step in to make the CA legislators aware of the consequences should they reject this funding?

  18. Eric Fredericks

    3 years ago

    California legislators appear to be hedging against allocating the high-speed rail funds the Obama Administration awarded to California through the stimulus. This would put all of the billions at risk if they are to be authorized by the end of this year. Do you think the Administration will step in to make the CA legislators aware of the consequences should they reject this funding?

  19. Eric Fredericks

    3 years ago

    California legislators appear to be hedging against allocating the high-speed rail funds the Obama Administration awarded to California through the stimulus. This would put all of the billions at risk if they are to be authorized by the end of this year. Do you think the Administration will step in to make the CA legislators aware of the consequences should they reject this funding?

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