Transportation And Community Development Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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contributing to the social, economic and environmental deterioration of our cities. Many rural communities are not well served by the current transportation system. And those residents consist high number of people who are transit-dependent. Even for those with access to motor vehicles, roads are often not maintained in areas of most need, and the costs of maintaining a vehicle compete with resources needed to provide for other basic human needs, causing financial hardship. Social justice, ecological sustainability, and principles of environmental justice must be at the heart of creating healthy, livable, sustainable communities, cities and regions. A socially just and ecologically sustainable transportation system has the potential to increase job and income opportunities,

promote efficient and healthy land use patterns, create environmentally safe communities, decrease fossil fuel energy consumption and improve the overall social, economical and environmental resources, we must broaden and democratize the debate and policy-making process.